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.
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.
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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