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Thursday’s Three Stars: Kings win eighth straight; Kopitar’s sweet breakaway deke

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Drew Doughty goes Goldberg on Shane Doan.

No. 1 Star: Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

Kopitar's game-tying goal was an absolute beauty, as he kicked Dustin Brown's pass to his stick then undressed Mike Smith with a sick deke. He also had a game-high 4 shots and finished the night a plus-2 in the Kings' 2-1 Game 3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

No. 2 Star: Dwight King, Los Angeles Kings

The winger dealt the fatal blow Thursday night, scoring the game-winning goal just under two minutes into the third. After curling away from the wall into the massive patch of open ice at the right circle, King beat Mike Smith with a wrister on his only shot of the game.

No. 3 Star: Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

25:38 for the Kings' blueline leader, a plus-1, 2 shots, and the awesome photo at the top of this post. Doughty is quietly controlling games for the Kings and he deserves more credit than he's getting.

Honourable mention: Daymond Langkow scores the Coyotes' lone goal, and Derek Morris picked up the assist ... Jonathan Quick may have looked shaky on the Langkow goal, but he certainly didn't anywhere else ... Antoine Vermette went 10-for-13 in the faceoff circle ... Shane Doan had 11 hits, and I'm pretty sure all of them were on Dustin Brown.

Conn Smythe Watch: 1. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings; 2. Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings; 3. Brad Richards, New York Rangers; 4. Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils; 5. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers; 6. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings; 7. Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes; 8. Mike Richards, Los Angeles Kings; 9. David Clarkson, New Jersey Devils; 10. Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings

Dishonourable mention: Dustin Brown dives a lot. I have no moral aversion to this, really, but it certainly couldn't go in honourable mention, now could it?

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