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Kopitar's 2 goals power Kings past Blue Jackets

 Los Angeles Kings' Jonathan Quick, right, makes a save as teammate Anze Kopitar, center, of Slovania, and Columbus Blue Jackets' Fredrik Modin, of Sw...

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Los Angeles Kings' Jonathan Quick, right, makes a save as teammate Anze Kopitar, center, of Slovania, and Columbus Blue Jackets' Fredrik Modin, of Sw...

Slovenian center Anze Kopitar scored his 100th and 101st NHL goals in the Los Angeles Kings' 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in the NHL on Thursday.
Los Angeles dominated to match a season high with a fourth consecutive win _ a feat accomplished four times.
Kopitar, one of the finest young players in the league, has points in each game of the Kings' winning streak. He has three goals and four assists in that span.
"He's an elite player," said Los Angeles forward Ryan Smyth, who also had a goal. "For him to grab a hold of 100 goals _ and counting _ is awesome. It's nice to see. Obviously he works hard; not only offensively, but defensively. He's a well-rounded hockey player."
Kopitar happily showed off the puck he netted for his 100th.
"It's pretty special," he said. "When you see the guys reaching 300, 400, 500, you know _ those big guns _ it's pretty nice just to think of that. I've got it started. A little milestone. I'm ready to score a couple more now, too."
With Los Angeles ahead 1-0 late in the second period, Kopitar scored No. 100 in his 289th career game. Wayne Simmonds' stretch pass to Smyth ignited a Kings rush. Smyth then dropped a pass to Kopitar, who carried the puck right to left through the high slot and wristed a hard shot that beat goalie Steve Mason on the stick side.
Kopitar scored again _ his 22nd of the season _ with a second left on a power play after the Blue Jackets had already killed 1:33 of a two-man disadvantage. He lifted a rebound of his shot into the top of the net.
The Kings have won five straight on the road.


Updated : 2021-05-13 10:36 GMT+08:00