The view from Phoenix - LA Kings Insider

The Kings and Phoenix Coyotes split their two-game, home-and-home series, with the Coyotes winning Thursday and the Kings winning Saturday. The teams won’t meet again until March 3 at Staples Center. Here’s how last night’s Kings-Coyotes game was presented in the Arizona Republic, followed by some additional postgame quotes from the Coyotes’ locker room…

Los Angeles Kings get revenge, beat Phoenix Coyotes 4-3

Awful first period dooms Phoenix Coyotes in loss


(on the physical presence brought from Paul Bissonnette…) “We needed that. We needed some push back. We were light on our sticks early. We were getting out battled in too many situations and Biz jumped in and did a heck of a job. I think he had seven or eight hits after two periods.”

(on his message to the team during first intermission…) “We’ve got to get in the battles here; we’re too far away from the battles. We’re two stick lengths, when you’ve got to be right on top of the battle. We weren’t hard enough on the puck, we weren’t advancing the puck. They were owning us down low in our own zone. They were hard around our net. If you look at the first game against them, the other night, we moved the puck very well, we were quick around our net and didn’t have a lot of trouble around there. Tonight they had a purpose to get there, and we fed their fire a little bit by turning pucks over and letting them get there.”

(on losing the opportunity to separate from the Kings in the standings…) “That was an opportunity to put L.A. 10 (points) back of us and unfortunately it didn’t happen. That’s the way it’s going to be. We said the same thing about Columbus in here last week. We played them twice in a week and we had the same message. We’ve got to find ways to separate ourselves.”

(on how they were able to get back into the game…) “I think we just started to relax. We’ve got a pretty smart group of guys and we just kind of took a step back and relaxed, realized that we weren’t doing anything right. We were able to get on the body and a lot of that was guys like Biz [Paul Bissonnette] and Doaner [Shane Doan], but a lot of guys were throwing the body around and I think it gave us some energy and got us back in the game.”

(on getting more scoring chances…) “I think the biggest thing is to keep that belief that pucks are going to go in, and you just want to get shots. I got lucky on the first one obviously. I was just in front and it went off my hand. The second one was just a good play by (Taylor) Pyatt. He drove the defensemen down a little bit and gave me the puck right in the slot and I just tried to use the D-man as a screen.”

(on having some rest time coming up…) “I think we’re going to get a rest day maybe, have a good day of practice and then play a game. Then I think it’s a couple games and then break and time to rest. I think, before the break, we’ve just got to play hard, get our rest when we can and play good solid hockey.”

(on how it affects the team mentally when they fall behind early…) “I think it shows good character in our team, missing guys like Jovo [Ed Jovanovski] and Mo [Derek Morris] and being able to come back and play like that and tie it up at one point. Obviously we didn’t get the outcome we wanted, but I think it did show good character in our team to come back, down three.”

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

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.