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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Kings coach not happy about butt-end on Anze Kopitar

Erik Haula Anze Kopitar

Los Angeles Kings coach John Stevens was not happy after his team’s 3-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night in the playoffs, particularly with a dirty play against Anze Kopitar.

Vegas’ Erik Haula responded to a crosscheck from Kopitar by butt-ending the Kings captain with his stick:

Stevens talked about the play after the game and couldn’t believe it.

“We got a guy suspended for making a hockey play, and he butt-ends one of the best hockey players in the world in the face with the butt-end of his stick. So if I was confused before, I’m bewildered now. That’s an intent-to-injure play,” Stevens said of the play.

“You guys make the judgement, because it’s a bunch of b.s. to be honest with you.”

Haula was not called for a penalty despite the play. Kopitar had a goal and an assist in the contest, but it wasn’t enough. The Golden Knights now lead the series 3-0.

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