Kings not worried about lack of Game 7 experience

Sharks centre Joe Thornton (right) checks Kings centre Mike Richards during Game 6 of their Western...

Sharks centre Joe Thornton (right) checks Kings centre Mike Richards during Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal series in San Jose on Sunday, May 26, 2013. (Jed Jacobsohn/Reuters)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:13 PM ET

LOS ANGELES - From Victoria to Victoriaville, Moosomin to Moncton, this is what youngsters grow up dreaming about: Game 7.

As it turns out, it's what an aspiring puck prospect from Jesenice, Slovenia, always had on his mind, too.

“I got blood under my skin just like a Canadian kid,” said Los Angeles Kings centre Anze Kopitar. “I don’t think it’s any different over in Europe.

“Everybody wants to be in these types of games. You want to raise the level of play, and eventually, you want to be the hero in these types of games.”

Kopitar, who recalls a couple of impressive performances by his father, Matjaz, in winner-take-all scenarios in Slovenia's professional league, will get his crack at glory in Tuesday's Game 7 showdown against the San Jose Sharks at the Staples Center.

This is uncharted territory for Kopitar and the majority of his teammates.

En route to their Stanley Cup parade last spring, the Kings lost just four playoff games.


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