On Reverse Retro night in Montreal, there was definitely a bit of a throwback feel to things. Over on the Kings side that is. In net, things are starting to have a Rick Knickle vibe to it. Back in 1993, with Kelly Hrudey having a very difficult time stopping the puck, coach Barry Melrose helped orchestrate the signing and call-up of a 33-year-old career minor league goalie from IHL San Diego. He came in and won four of this first six starts for the Kings.
More on that era in the stories below:
As for the present, current LA coach Todd McLellan opted to roll with the same set of 18 skaters that were blown out in Toronto on Thursday for the team’s Saturday afternoon tilt in Montreal. It was a move that paid off. Captain Anze Kopitar got things going early with his eighth goal of the season, and Viktor Arvidsson doubled the lead to 2-0 less than 30 seconds later.
After a largely uneventful second frame. both sides recorded a pair of goals in the third period. However, it was 30-year-old Copley — only recently called up from the AHL — who stole the headlines by making 20 saves and earning his second straight win for the Kings in as many starts.
Below are select highlights from Saturday’s game:
Additional Post-Game Notes:
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