Anze Kopitar C LA 5 Months

Anze Kopitar has not scored a goal in his last nine games.

The NHL's leading point getter in the playoffs with five goals and 25 points, has only six assists in his last nine games as well. For most NHLers, this would be a nice streak, but for the talented Kopitar, it is a slump.

Anze Kopitar C LA 5 Months

Kings star Anze Kopitar figures the Rangers will come back strong when the Stanley Cup Final series shifts to New York on Monday.

''Their building is going to be loud," Kopitar said. "I'm sure they're going to be very desperate. They're going to throw everything at us that they've got and we're going to have to match all of the above." The Kings lead the series 2-0, having won both of the first two games in Los Angeles in overtime. Forty-eight teams have taken a 2-0 series lead since the Stanley Cup Final went to a best-of-seven format in 1939. Of those teams, 43 (89.9 per cent) won the Cup, including the 2012 Kings. Home teams sweeping Games 1 and 2 of the Cup Final have gone 32-3 (.914 per cent). But two of the exceptions were recent, with Pittsburgh (2009 against Detroit) and Boston (2011 against Vancouver) rallying to win the Cup.

Anze Kopitar C LA 5 Months

Kings center Anze Kopitar is leading NHL playoff scorers with 24 points in 22 games and has been instrumental in the run that has brought the Kings to a 1-0 lead over the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final, but he hasn't scored a goal in eight games and his points lead over teammate Jeff Carter has shrunk to one.

Kopitar's first coach isn't pleased. "Now he's a little quiet so he needs to step up," the coach said. "If he wants to keep this position you need to produce and score goals. He knows that. I don't need to tell him." The coach is Kopitar's father, Matjaz, who coached Anze and Team Slovenia to their first-ever Olympic hockey victories earlier this year at the Sochi Games.

Anze Kopitar C LA 5 Months

Anze Kopitar raised his NHL leading points total to 24 with an assist on Sunday.

Kopitar assisted on the game tying third period goal by Marian Gaborik and is two points ahead of teammate Jeff Carter in scoring. Kopitar is now third all-time on the Kings in points during one playoff season as he trails only Wayne Gretzky (40 in 1993) and Tomas Sandstrom who had 25 in the same year.

Anze Kopitar C LA 5 Months

Anze Kopitar downplayed the pressure on the Kings as they get ready for Game 7 of the Western Conference Final.

"We really have nothing to lose," Kopitar said. "We're going to go out, we're going to play hard, throw everything on the line. At the end of the day we think, and we're confident enough, that if we do that, if we do play our game, we think we have a very good chance of winning." Kopitar is one of the main reasons the Kings have gotten this far. He has five goals and a league-leading 23 points in 20 playoff games.

Anze Kopitar C LA 5 Months

Anze Kopitar is having one of the best postseasons in Los Angeles Kings' history.

With 23 points in 19 games, only two Kings players have ever recorded more playoff points in a single year than Kopitar. They are Tomas Sandstrom, who had 25 points in 1993, and, naturally, Wayne Gretzky. During the Kings 1993 postseason run, Gretzky had 15 goals and 40 points in 24 games.

Anze Kopitar C LA 5 Months

Anze Kopitar recorded two assists in the Kings' 5-2 victory on Monday.

Kopitar has five goals and a league-leading 22 points in 18 contests. He's an early favorite for the Conn Smythe Trophy, but of course, its dependent on the Los Angeles managing to seal the deal against Chicago. The Kings currently have a 3-1 series lead.

Anze Kopitar C LA 5 Months

Anze Kopitar was held off the scoresheet on Saturday.

For the first two rounds of the playoffs, Kopitar was the Kings' greatest offensive weapon, but Chicago has held him to just one assist in three contests. Los Angeles has gotten its goals elsewhere though and still has a 2-1 series lead.

Anze Kopitar C LA 5 Months

Anze Kopitar was held pointless for only the second time in the 2014 playoffs on Sunday.

Kopitar leads the NHL in points with 19 and has now played 15 games. His outstanding effort has been a major reason in the Kings playing in the Western Conference Final as they have won both series in seven games.

Anze Kopitar C LA 5 Months

Anze Kopitar leads all NHL players in playoff assists, points and plus/minus heading into action on Sunday.

Kopitar leads with 14 assists, 19 points and a plus-eight rating. He has to be the early favorite for the Conn Smythe Trophy and should win it if the Kings win Lord Stanley's Cup.