April 6 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the team’s improved play:
“Our record’s pretty much held its own for a long time now. You don’t be right near the top [of] the league in regulation wins without doing it for a long time, so I don’t think lately it has been much different.”

On Jonathan Quick’s performance:
“We won. He gave us a chance to win, right? Same thing, every night. If goalies give you a chance to win, you have a chance to win.”

On his reaction to seeing Anze Kopitar sprawled on the ice:
“I had seen what it was. I knew he had gotten a stick in the up.”

On the Robyn Regehr – Drew Doughty pairing:
“It’s easier at home. Faceoffs, things like that, right? You get six seconds before the referee puts his arm up. I’m sure we’ll have a little different challenge tomorrow.”

On the previous game in Anaheim:
“I don’t know. I can’t remember that one. [Reporter: You pulled Quick early.] What’s that got to do with tomorrow?”

On the biggest challenge of Sunday’s game:
“We’re playing a team that’s what, 10 12 points ahead of us? So we’re playing a better team.”

On Anaheim:
“They’re a good team. Big team, strong team, veteran team. The kids they brought up are playing well. They’re using two goalies. We know that. We know they’re a division winner, and I’m not saying that because we play them tomorrow. But when you get off to that type of lead, that’s impossible to make it up. So, you know what? We just want to concentrate on us and try and play well. [Reporter: That’s kind of been the M.O. Don’t look around at the other teams. Just worry about yourselves.] The question was asked last week about home and road. Well, they’ve been awesome at home. Teams struggle on the road. We’re going into a tough building. Doesn’t matter if we are going into Catalina Island if they had a team.”

On when he’ll decide on tomorrow’s starting goalie:
“4:30 tomorrow. Doesn’t matter. Keep them fresh…There’s no issues, right? Our schedule says that you need two goalies that are fresh. We can take that from teams that are ahead of us in the league, to be quite honest. It ain’t ‘quite honest’, even in our conference – Chicago and Anaheim. So why not do what they do?”

On staying in Anaheim overnight and skating at the Honda Center tomorrow:
“You know what? One o’clock game today, and six o’clock tomorrow…it’s like that is a quicker turnaround. It’s a quick turnaround for us. So we might as well go. Guys can go have dinner and everything today, and get on the bus and get some down time tonight and skate tomorrow. I know they’ve tried it several different ways over the years. But we’ve done it different ways since I’ve been here, too. Three different ways. This would be the third different way. Whatever works. You know what? It’s more about keeping their energy level up. It’s more important than anything else, and it’s easy to get there.”

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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.