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Kings beat Blues, 3-0, after Anze Kopitar leaves because of blow to the face

Kings beat Blues, 3-0, after Anze Kopitar leaves because of blow to the face

The Kings had every excuse to fold Tuesday, playing the second game in two nights on the road, facing the big, physical St. Louis Blues, and playing most of the game without one of their acknowledged leaders, Anze Kopitar.

Instead they stood together and created one of their finest moments in a long time, uniting for a 3-0 victory over the Blues despite losing Kopitar after he absorbed a blow to the face from the elbow or stick of St. Louis forward Ryan Reaves about 12 minutes into the first period.

Coach Darryl Sutter said he spoke to Kopitar afterward and said the Slovenian center was feeling better, "so that's good."

The news was as good as the effort...

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