The view from Philadelphia - LA Kings Insider

Here’s how — the online arm of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News newspapers — presented last night’s Kings-Flyers game, along with a nice piece of Kings assistant coach John Stevens facing his former team for the first time, plus some additional postgame quotes from the Flyers’ locker room…

Leighton shakes off rust as Flyers top Kings

Leighton saved by teammates

Kings’ Stevens enjoys reunion


(on the play of goalie Michael Leighton…) “I think when you’re out for a long period of time and you’re coming off of surgery and you step back in the National Hockey League, you’ve got a lot of work, you have to feel your way around a bit. I would say anybody’s got to do that, but then it makes it tough on a goaltender. You get through it and get some work and get a win.”

(on the first period…) “We knew it was too early (for concern). First period is obviously important for us to start, but we don’t let it phase us. We battled back and just kept playing. I thought our forecheck was great today, which has not been there the last five or so games, so it was nice to see.”

(on rebounding from the previous two games…) “Personally it was probably the worst two games I’ve played in a while, the last couple. I just wanted to play and, as a team, I think we’ve talked about just getting back on the forecheck and moving our feet a little bit more and just getting the puck to the net. I thought we did that tonight.”

(on the 5-on-3 goal…) “Yeah. that’s something we’ve worked on a lot actually, just moving and not making them settle and let them adapt to us. When you’re moving it’s obviously hard to specialize a penalty killer. We just make them guess where we’re going to go with it.”

(on his first game of the season…) “Yeah, I wasn’t too nervous. I was just more excited to get out there. It backfired a little bit and the first goal was pretty weak. I definitely felt better the third period. (Goalie coach) Jeff Reese came in and told me I’ve got to start fighting for pucks more, and the puck gets back to the point and try to find it. I just found I wasn’t seeing the puck coming in. I really worked in the third and it seemed to help.”

(on his game…) “It was good to get back and obviously I’m not too excited about the way I played. We got a win and the team really saved my butt tonight and we did a great job. They scored some goals for me and that was that. I felt better the third period and hopefully I just build off of that.”

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.