Anze Kopitar scores goal off Nikita Zaitsev's head (Video)

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Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Nikita Zaitsev gets hit in the head on a shot from <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/teams/los/" data-ylk="slk:Los Angeles Kings">Los Angeles Kings</a> forward <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/players/3788/" data-ylk="slk:Anze Kopitar">Anze Kopitar</a>.
Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Nikita Zaitsev gets hit in the head on a shot from Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar.

Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar scored a goal that went off the helmet of Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Nikita Zaitsev in their Thursday game.

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The tally came on the power play, 27 seconds into the third period when Kopitar took a feed from Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty and fired the puck. The knuckling blast appeared to be heading wide until it hit Zaitsev.

The goal made the score 2-1 in favor of the Maple Leafs.

It was just the seventh goal on the season for Kopitar and his first since a Jan. 31 game against the Arizona Coyotes.

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Zaitsev appeared to be shocked initially and clutched his helmet but stayed in the game. The Kings ended up beating the Maple Leafs 3-2 in a shootout.

“I took the shot, obviously I didn’t catch it quite well but I didn’t even know if at first it went in but all the guys started to throw their hands up in the air so I figured it went in,” Kopitar said. “I’ll take them. Maybe that’s the break I needed but I have to keep going and the team has to keep winning.”

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