Kopitar does something so rare it hasn’t happend in four years

This next stats review is simple to understand, even if you don’t like math.

Anze Kopitar scores a lot. In fact, he’s been the Kings’ leading points producer for five years running.

On the flip side, he doesn’t get whistled for very many penalties.

In his 480 NHL games played prior to last night, he had only been called for multiple penalties (as in more than one) in the same game five times…ever. It’s so rare that you have to go back almost four years to find the last time it happened, March 2009 vs. Chicago.

That is – until it happened again last night.

He was called for tripping in the second period and holding in the third.

“Usually I don’t take penalties like that, and tonight it happened,” Kopitar said post-game. “So, I don’t know what to say about that.”

Kopitar, who usually has plenty to say and is a great interview, was down last night in the locker room – just like all of the Kings. So, he only had a few more things to offer…

– On the Kings defensive game vs Anaheim: “The PK was not quite as sharp as we want it to be. But, we have to get it in order again for the next game.

– Om missing Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene in the line-up: “It doesn’t really matter who is in the line-up. If we do the things that we’re supposed to do, it showed the last couple of games that we can shut teams down. Of course you miss guys like that. But, we’re not going to have them back anytime soon right now. So, we just gotta get it done with whoever is in this locker room.”

For post-game quotes from Jarret Stoll – including his explanation for the hit on Cam Fowler – click here.

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