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Kings' Anze Kopitar is recognized for stellar play
Kings' Anze Kopitar is recognized for stellar play

Is this the year that Kings center Anze Kopitar solidifies his lofty position in the NHL in the view of people … outside of L.A.? That might sound a bit odd when talking about someone who led the NHL in playoff scoring in 2012 when the Kings won the Stanley Cup, but it has taken this long for Kopitar's two-way excellence to get him into the Selke Trophy conversation. Perhaps voters were staying up later on the East Coast to watch Kings games during the regular season. Kopitar was honored by the Selke nomination, given to the league's top defensive forward. But his response about individual accomplishments has been remarkably consistent through the years. In fact, he...

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