February 25 postgame quotes: Jake Muzzin - LA Kings Insider

On Monday’s win:
“This was a big game for us, a divisional game. We’ve got games in hand. To get in a playoff spot, this is a big game for us, and we showed a lot of character coming back and sticking with it [for] the full 60 minutes. We’ve been preaching about that for the last couple of weeks, and we feel like we’ve been getting better and better at it. Tonight paid off for us [with] a couple of goals there in the third, and we held on for the win.”

On the team’s resilience on battling back from two deficits:
“I think the guys are starting to get that confidence back and that little swag that we need. We’ve got a great group of guys in here from defense, goalies, right to forwards. It was a great effort tonight, and a big win for our club.”

On how he scored a power play goal:
“I just beat him, man. Good power play. We’ve been working on our little routes there. Kopi made a nice bump pass to me in the middle, and I faked pass and shot it and just beat him glove.”

On his poise and decision making in his own end of the ice:
“Those plays, they’re so important. We spend less time in our zone, and especially against a club like this with guys like Perry, Getzlaf, Selanne – dangerous guys – where if you give them time in the zone, they’re going to find a way to take advantage of it. Those plays are huge for us. We’ve been working on them. I’ve been working a lot with Johnny (John Stevens) on little deception plays, and Dewey’s helped me out a lot here with talk on going back for pucks and with the goalies, so all the little stuff adds up and in games like this it goes well.”

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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.