March 3 practice quotes: Drew Doughty - LA Kings Insider

On what worked against the team in Vancouver last night:
“I think a lot of times we were getting the puck in our own zone when we were going back and they were coming in on the forecheck, and we would get there first, and then we weren’t making that first play and they were creating those turnovers. Or we would create a turnover in our own zone, and then we would turn it back over to them again. That’s when they were pouncing on their opportunities and burying the puck. In our own zone we have to clean it up with and without the puck.”

On the sudden momentum change that allowed Vancouver to take the lead for good:
“We got that goal to tie it back up, and then I think they scored pretty much right after that. And then they got another one right after that as well. Right after that, you could feel the crowd was back on Vancouver’s side there, kind of giving them momentum. We’ve got to learn from things like that. Even though teams are going to get that goal right back on us and take the lead, we’ve just got to learn to battle through that and get it back. Momentum is huge in hockey. It’s one of the most key things. But even though other teams may have it, at some point we need to get it back.”

On the team’s ability to bounce back from adversity:
“I think we’re pretty good at it. We’ve dealt with a lot of adversity this whole year. We have every year. A lot of our leader have learned from it, and I think going into these next few games, we know what we did wrong and we know what our coaches would be expecting from us and what everyone’s going to be expecting from us, and that’s a couple wins, so that’s what we’re going to do.”

On whether Jonathan Quick is too hard on himself:
“I don’t think he’s too hard on himself. I think everyone’s pretty hard on themselves. That’s why we’re professional hockey players, because we realize the things we can do, and when we’re not doing them, we’re not happy with ourselves and we beat ourselves up about it. But no, Quickie can’t take the blame for that. Some of those goals were two-on-ones. They were shots that were going high. They were backdoor passes. Definitely don’t blame the game on Quickie. A lot of us defensemen need to help him out more and take away those opportunities and the forwards need to do a better job of not creating those turnovers and keeping the puck in their zone more than in ours.”

On players being ‘their own worst critic’ and Quick never calling out his teammates:
“You don’t want anyone on your team throwing teammates under the bus. If we’re watching TV or whatever here, and we see another guy on another team throw his team under the bus, immediately we just think that guy’s a bad guy. You don’t ever see anyone on this team do that. That’s because we’re such a close team. We’re a good group of guys. We all love each other, and we all play for the man beside us.”

On ways to solve a defensive-minded Nashville team:
“They’re a defensive-minded team there. They work hard. They don’t really have any of those crazy skilled forwards that are superstars or anything like that. They just have a bunch of great players who work hard, and they’re good at defense. Their goalie’s good. If we don’t get guys in front of him and let him see all the pucks, goals aren’t going to go in. We definitely have got to get more traffic in front and throw as many pucks as we can to the net. They’ve definitely [got] some good skaters on the back end, but they’ve got some slow guys, too, so we need to take advantage of the slow guys.”

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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.