The Los Angeles Kings lost their leading scorer in their overtime defeat at St. Louis on Thursday as Anze Kopitar exited the 2-1 setback against the Blues after one period with a lower-body injury.
Kopitar took nine shifts in the opening session and did not register a shot but broke even on six faceoffs in 5 minutes, 12 seconds of ice time. The 28-year-old tops Los Angeles in both points (51) and assists (34) while ranking second in goals (17) after scoring four in his last four games.
Just last month, the 28-year-old Kopitar agreed to an eight-year, $80 million contract extension with the Kings, whose lead in the Pacific Division has dwindled to two points as they have lost four of their last five contests (1-3-1).
Selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 draft, Kopitar made his debut in 2006-07 and began a string of six consecutive seasons with at least 20 tallies by netting 20 in 72 games. The center scored a career-high 34 goals in 2009-10 and recorded a personal-best 51 assists two campaigns later.
The 6-foot-3, 224-pound Kopitar has collected 235 goals and 426 assists in 740 regular-season games while amassing 18 tallies and 60 points in 70 playoff contests. The three-time All-Star has helped the Kings to two Stanley Cup championships and has won numerous team awards while being nominated for the Selke Trophy each of the last two years.
A native of Jesenice, Kopitar has represented Slovenia in many international tournaments, including three IIHF World Junior Championships, five World Championships and the 2014 Winter Olympics.