Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar is having a tough year, but the 28-year-old Kings center is starting to heat up just as the quarter-mark of the season is passing by. Heading into Monday night’s game Kopitar had three points in his past two outings, and he kept his point-streaking going in spectacular fashion.
With Marian Gaborik streaking up the ice, Kopitar saw an opportunity for an alley-oop bank pass and flipped the puck into the air, over the head of Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell, off the boards and right on to the tape of Gaborik. He didn’t make any mistake on the partial breakaway, either, snapping a quick shot over the glove of Roberto Luongo:
You can probably thank the NBA’s Clippers and Lakers, both of whom play out of the Kings’ arena, Staples Center, for the inspiration here.
Kings fans may recognize this play or at least have fond memories of Kopitar’s contribution to Gaborik’s goal. Kopitar has made use of the alley-oop pass on a number of occasions, including his incredible flip-pass to Dustin Brown in 2010 and the tape-to-tape chip to Simon Gagne in 2011.
When Kopitar made the first alley-oop pass to Brown, it seemed like an unrepeatable feat, but Kopitar keeps busting out the move and we’re glad for it. The amount of creativity and poise to pull this off in the middle of a game is incredible, and we hope Kopitar never stops dishing alley-oop feeds to his teammates.