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The Slovenians Faceoff

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

Anze Kopitar knew the day that two Slovenians playing against one another in the same NHL game would come sooner than later.

That day is today.

Kopitar leads his Los Angeles Kings into Joe Louis Arena tonight to face-off against the Red Wings, and his countryman and friend, Jan Mursak.

“I’ve been waiting for this for a couple of years now, since he’s been in the Wings’ organization,” said Kopitar, of the Wings’ rookie forward. “He’s a really good player and I knew it was just a matter of time before he was going to break through and come up with the big boys and play.”

However, a serious injury in the preseason could have postponed this day, but Mursak rebounded from his fractured ankle and has fit nicely into the Wings’ lineup since mid-January making this historical day possible.

“I didn’t know if this game would happen this year,” Kopitar said, “so I’m happy for him that he’s been in the lineup consistently now, and I’m looking forward to tonight.”

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I visited Slovenia last year, lovely place, with lots of natural beauty—mountains, lakes, everything. I’m happy to hear they are starting to take to hockey as well.

Posted by Nick on 03/09/12 at 08:41 PM ET

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