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Kings move Kopitar from first to third line

Tuesday, 06.04.2013 / 8:49 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / Blackhawks-Kings series blog

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Kings move Kopitar from first to third line

LOS ANGELES -- Anze Kopitar's struggles have cost him his job as the Los Angeles Kings' No. 1 center.

Kopitar, who two goals and five assists through 15 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, began Game 3 against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final as the Kings' third-line center between Dwight King and Trevor Lewis. Jarret Stoll traded places with Kopitar and started Game 3 skating in between Justin Williams and Dustin Brown.

Stoll has played the past two games after missing six in a row with a concussion. Kopitar has no points in the conference final.

The Blackhawks lead the best-of-7 series, 2-0.

The Kings other two lines stayed the same with Jeff Carter in between Dustin Penner and Tyler Toffoli and Colin Fraser centering Brad Richardson and Kyle Clifford.

The Blackhawks kept their lines and defense pairs from the past two games intact.

Here are the Game 3 lineups for both teams:

KINGS

Justin Williams - Jarret Stoll - Dustin Brown

Dustin Penner - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli

Dwight King - Anze Kopitar - Trevor Lewis

Kyle Clifford - Colin Fraser - Brad Richardson

Robyn Regehr - Drew Doughty

Rob Scuderi - Slava Voynov

Jake Muzzin - Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick

Jonathan Bernier

BLACKHAWKS

Bryan Bickell - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa

Patrick Sharp - Michal Handzus - Patrick Kane

Brandon Saad - Andrew Shaw - Viktor Stalberg

Marcus Kruger - Dave Bolland - Michael Frolik

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook

Johnny Oduya - Niklas Hjalmarsson

Nick Leddy - Michal Rozsival

Corey Crawford

Ray Emery

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