Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/28/09 at 01:39 AM ET
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
Having one of the game’s best young talents certainly helps. Kopitar has clicked with new linemate Ryan Smyth, who is willing to do the dirty work required to score goals.
Kings captain Dustin Brown sees a bit of Smyth’s influence rubbing off on Kopitar, who now is winning those battles in the corners. He’s also competing harder than ever.
“A couple years ago, he’d get pushed around and the puck would get away from him,” Brown said. “This year, he’s saying, ‘That’s not going to happen.’”
That’s added strength. It’s also confidence.
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