Anze Kopitar is usually thoughtful and articulate in interviews with reporters, but when a certain question was posed to the Kings captain the other day, a look of exasperation crossed his face and his tone reeked of annoyance.
What, he was asked, can he learn from the struggles he experienced during the nightmare that was his 2016-17 season? His answer was curt.
“Can we stop talking about last year at some point?” he said.
Tuesday night was that point.
Kopitar set up Marian Gaborik twice in the third period, once for the tying goal and again on a goal that was a milestone for both players, and also scored into an empty net as the Kings rallied for a 5-2 victory...