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Kopitar talks Kings' playoff run, Selke nomination

by Staff

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar was a guest of NHL Live to break down the Kings' performance in their Western Conference Second Round series against the Anaheim Ducks.

Chasing their second Stanley Cup in three seasons, the Kings lead the best-of-7 series 2-0 with Game 3 on Thursday at Staples Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS). Los Angeles has won six straight games since trailing 3-0 in the Western Conference First Round against the San Jose Sharks and is the fourth team in NHL history to win a seven-game series after losing the first three.

"We started off on a bumpy road for a little while there with the first three games, but we started playing better," Kopitar said. "All the things that we were talking about going into the series started clicking too for us. Obviously [goalie] Jonathan Quick has been a big part of this run and so has everybody else on the team. I think we're just playing really solid hockey right now."

Kopitar is the leading scorer in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in nine games to establish himself as a contender for the Conn Smythe Trophy. He's also a finalist for the Selke Award, given to "the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game."

"It shows that I'm doing something right, obviously," Kopitar said. "I definitely wanted to be a complete player as soon as I got here. I knew I had to work on my defensive game, my faceoffs, just every aspect of the game can still be better. But I guess getting nominated for this award now, it shows me that I'm taking steps in the right direction, and I'm going to try to build on it and get better."

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