The Los Angeles Kings won their final regular season game of the 2018-19 National Hockey League season on April 6 when they defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 5-2 at the Staples Center. The Kings were having fan appreciation night, and the crowd of 18, 230 went home happy as they saw the Kings play one of their most effective games of the season.
Prior to the game, the Kings honored their team captain Anze Kopitar for playing in his 1000th NHL regular season game on April 1 against the Calgary Flames. Many sports stars congratulated Kopitar on Twitter. Among those athletes were Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic, Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, Dodgers pitching ace Clayton Kershaw and LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Like Kopitar, Doncic and Dragic are Slovenian, and Doncic spoke in the Slovenian language on Twitter. Within the Kings organization, former Kings head coach Darryl Sutter and his son Chris also congratulated Kopitar on Twitter.
It was also the first NHL regular season game for center Blake Lizotte. At 21 years old, Lizotte had played 37 games this season for St. Cloud State and had 14 goals and 28 assists for 42 points in 37 games. With the Kings season now over, do not be surprised if you see Lizotte play three games for the Ontario Reign as they finish their 2018-19 American Hockey League regular season. The Reign have back-to-back games against the Stockton Heat on April 10 and April 12 (Tickets) and are in Bakersfield on April 13 (Tickets).