`Reset and refocus' mentality for Kings - LA Kings Insider

“Reset and refocus,’’ Drew Doughty said after Game 3. “Refocus, recharge,’’ Anze Kopitar said. There’s no doubt as to where those words came from. Darryl Sutter is all about words and concepts such as those, and no doubt started stressing them to his players shortly after last night’s game. Throughout these playoffs, Sutter has tried to keep his players’ focus on the task at hand, and not on whatever storylines the media wanted to follow. Sutter’s challenge, now, is to get the Kings to play better in Game 4 than they did in their first three games, with the idea that the New Jersey Devils, desperate to keep their season alive, with fight harder than ever. It’s the constant drive for improvement and focus that all coaches stress, and perhaps none more than Sutter.

SUTTER: “They [players] have to understand where they are. Playoffs have been, from a scheduling standpoint, really disjointed. You look at the time off we’ve had — which is not normal between series — then the way the series have been broken up, even the start of the Finals. When you go Wednesday, Saturday — we were in New Jersey for five days and played one game. You have to be able to stay in a zone, or focused. If you don’t, you’re in trouble. Just because you win — I’ve said it several times — it doesn’t mean you played great or you played perfect. We won two games in overtime, 2‑1. If you lost one of them, or lost them both, you’re still looking at a huge battle. … Hey, we could have easily been down 2‑0 before we scored a goal last night.’’

At least in terms of public comments, no Kings player has perfected the art of not looking ahead than Jonathan Quick, who today brushed aside any questions about excitement level…

QUICK: “Just trying to win a hockey game. Same thing we’ve been doing for about eight months now. We’re going to continue to try to do that. … It doesn’t count any more than the rest of them did. It’s one game, so…we’re just going to play our game, work as hard as we can, try to be as prepared as (much as) possible, see what happens.’’

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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.