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10-12-2012, 09:06 AM
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I'm doing another rewatch of the full run on GameCenter and I finished game 3 of this series last night. Richards' game 1 against the Blues might have been even better than against the Canucks and Kopitar was just fantastic in this series.
I thought Richards and Kopitar were terrific in this series and Hitchcock couldn't adjust no matter what he tried, Backus and Berglund just weren't good enough. This is something that Pierre LeBrun noted after the Kings finished off the Canucks that in his opinion, the Kings had the ability to go all the way because 'nobody in the playoffs has 2 centers that dominate 200 feet of hockey as well as Kopitar and Richards'

And he's right. It was a problem for all 4 teams, and will be for years to come. Other than PIttsburgh, right now, there is not a team with a better duo of stud 2 way centers. They compliment each other perfectly, Kopitar is cool (ice) and Richards is fire.

It's really something to look forward to, that they are both commited, talented and driven players. A coach's dream

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