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Kopitar scores, Quick makes 23 saves to help Kings snap 5-game skid with 1-0 win vs Sharks

Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 12:45 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Kopitar scores, Quick makes 23 saves to help Kings snap 5-game skid with 1-0 win vs Sharks

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Anze Kopitar broke a long scoreless drought for Los Angeles and Jonathan Quick earned his third shutout of the season to help the Kings snap a five-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

Kopitar's goal late in the second period ended a stretch of more than 154 minutes without a score for the Kings, who avoided their first six-game skid since December 2007. They did it with defence as Quick needed to make only 23 saves, stopping a flurry in the final seconds to seal the win.

The game ended a streak of 15 straight games between the California rivals that were won by the home team, including all seven contests in last year's second-round playoff series won by the Kings. Los Angeles had dropped nine straight in San Jose since winning Game 5 of a first-round series in 2011 and had not won a regular season game here since Dec. 27, 2010.

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Your team is going to want to recapture the feeling. What they're going to have to figure out is they're going to have to rewrite the story. Because you're going to rewrite the story doesn't mean you want a different end. It's just that you're going to have to learn that there's different challenges to get there, and if you're going to try and tap the same feeling, it ain't going to happen.

— Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi on maintaining their success from last season