Anze Kopitar talks about playing his first Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs

Kings center Anze Kopitar will play in his first Game 7 when he and his teammates host the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. Here are some of his thoughts on Game 7s and how to approach them without ever having played in one: “It’s my first Game 7. I don’t think it’s gong to be any different. I mean, we’ve faced elimination before and didn’t get the job done. Now it’s tied. We’re at home and it’s going to be in our building (with) our fans. I don’t think we need a whole lot more motivation to have a good start and get going.”

He also said: “Everybody wants to be in these types of games and you want to raise the level of play and, eventually, you want to be the hero in these types of games. It’s going to take a great effort (tonight) and we’re looking forward to it. … We realize that it’s a do-or-die game, yes. But I don’t think anything changes really. You’ve got to prepare the same way. You have the same routine that you’ve been doing now for 10 years. So, it’s another game and, again, you’ve got to leave it all out there.”



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