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10-26-2009, 12:31 PM
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Kopitar NHL's 1st Star of the Week - Week of 10/26

"The NHL's only native of Slovenia begins the week as the League's top scorer after a 6-goal, 9-point week that helped the Kings sweep their four games. He had a goal in L.A.'s 4-1 win at Dallas, his first NHL hat trick in a 5-4 overtime win over the Stars at home, three assists in Saturday's 5-3 win at Phoenix and two more goals Sunday night in a 6-3 home victory over Columbus.

Through 12 games, Kopitar leads the NHL in goals with 10 and points with 21 -- and is on pace to shatter last season's totals of 27 goals and 66 points. Not coincidentally, the Kings are off to an 8-4-0 start and lead the Pacific Division.

Coach Terry Murray said recently that Kopitar had sacrificed some of his offense last season to buy into his checking system -- so he has to be happy to see that while Kopitar is piling up points, he's also plus-4, a big change from his minus-17 rating last season."

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