March 19 postgame quotes: Drew Doughty - LA Kings Insider

On scoring a goal:
“I’ve got a lot to do to catch up, but it was good to get the first one.”

On the “hostility” between these teams:
“There’s a lot of battling going on. It was a tough game to play in. A lot of bodies banging, but that’s how it always is against them. We expected it, and we expected them to come out hard today, especially because of how we beat them last night. But overall I still don’t think we played great. But it was a good win.”

On appearing relieved after he scored:
“It was good to get that one off my back. I’m hoping I can get on a little roll here now. I’m kind of a streaky scorer, so I’m hoping that kind of continues.”

On generating several good scoring chances:
“I had a lot of good chances. Especially tonight, I had five or six that could have gone in. I guess that’s how I’ve got to look at it. It’s a good thing I’m getting those chances. Now I’ve just got to bear down and put them by the goalie.”

On whether he’s concentrating more on his own end of the ice this season:
“Yeah, for sure. We have two of our top defensemen out of the lineup in Greener and Mitchie, so I’ve had to take on a new role. I’m enjoying it. I love playing against the other team’s top players, but I still want to be able to kick in on the offense when I can.”

On playing a Phoenix team that hadn’t scored in three games:
“We knew they were going to be hungry, even from the first puck drop. We were pretty crappy at the start of that third period. Our five-on-five play was pretty bad. If it wasn’t for our special teams and our goaltending tonight, we wouldn’t have won that game. So we’ve really got to get back to playing solid five-on five hockey, because that’s what’s going to get us to that next level.”

On the challenge of playing on back-to-back nights:
“It’s a test, but it’s fun…We knew exactly what to expect tonight. We knew everything they were going to do. They did it all last night, and we knew a lot of what happened in last night’s game was going to boil over to tonight. It was why it was such a feisty game. It was fun, actually. It’s not fun playing back-to-back games, ever, because it takes a lot on your body and mentally, but it was good to get both wins.”

On the Muzzin and Doan collision:
“From what I saw, I saw the replay on the jumbotron quickly, and to me it looked like they kind of just ran into each other and unfortunately hit knee-on-knee. I think he obviously thought Muzz meant to do it, but I know Muzz as a guy and as a player, and he’s never one to go out and do something like that to someone.”

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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.