Those who have listened to Kings Coach Darryl Sutter recognize that the man doesn't engage in exaggeration.
Not often, at least.
He said the other day that Kings center Anze Kopitar has been displaying a certain attitude this season: “If you want to beat us, come through me.”
The Detroit Red Wings, a tough road team of late, certainly tried. But Kopitar grabbed hold of Monday night's game and had a hand in every goal, leading the Kings to a 4-2 victory over the surging Red Wings with a goal and three assists at Staples Center.
The Red Wings had been unbeaten on the road in 2016, winning at Buffalo, New Jersey, San Jose and Anaheim.