For the first time since March 8th, Rasmus Kupari found himself in the Kings lineup. After making his NHL debut on March 5th, the Finnish center played three games in four days with the Kings before being sent back to the Ontario Reign.
Now in his second stint with the big club, in just his first game back in the Kings lineup, Kupari has already taken advantage of the call-up. Centering the second power play unit, Kupari tallied his first career NHL goal on the man advantage.
The former 2018 first-round draft pick took a pass from Lias Andersson and rifled home a wrist shot from the slot, beating the Avalanche's goalie, Jonas Johansson under the blocker side arm. Kupari is the fourth King to score his first career goal this season, joining Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Arthur Kaliyev and Tobias Bjornfot.
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Following the game, Kupari spoke with the media about his goal. "Lias [Andersson] picked up the puck for me. Thanks to him for getting the puck and thanks for the the pass too," Kupari told the media.
Video: Rasmus Kupari postgame interview on 5/8/21.