April 11 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the NHL being a “three-two league”:
“It’s good when you win three-two.”

On whether the team’s pressure game got away in the second period:
“We were playing a team with nothing to lose, right? They score a lucky goal and get back in it, and…quite honest, I thought we played really well. They scored a lucky goal and then the fourth line scores a goal against the fourth line and it’s no big deal.”

On playing against a goaltender making his NHL debut:
“You start trying to get as many shots as you can, but at the same time, a lot of times that’s the best game they play too, right? He played good. He had some really good saves for them. I’m not sure what happened to him, if he cramped up…[Reporter: They said he cramped up, yeah.] It kind of looked like that.”

On whether Richardson is getting a firmer hold on a lineup spot:
“You know what, the fourth line has got to outplay the other team’s fourth line.”

On whether Dustin Penner’s presence has helped “get Carter and Richards get going again”:
“I want to try and keep those top two lines consistent, and that means that Dustin, Mike and Jeff have to complement each other. I don’t think it is so much getting them going. Carter is fighting for the ‘Rocket’ Richard so I don’t think it’s about getting him going. I think Mike is a guy that plays better down the stretch, we’ve seen that, and that’s what he’s known for so it’s more Dustin that has to get going.”

On the importance of finishing with home-ice advantage in the first round:
“We’re trying to get in. That’s first and foremost. That’s what you start the season doing, that’s what everyone starts the season doing so that’s what we are trying to do first. It’s a difficult task.”

On how the schedule is broken down over the remaining seven games:
“We have one game that encompasses a busy schedule that we’ve been thgouh, so we want to get through that next game and then continue to get your two days. After that, you’re even home-and-road again, aren’t we? But we need to get through the next game. That’ll tie everything in then.”

On any concerns heading into the next two games:
“I think tonight’s awesome for Jonathan Quick, quite honest. Great for his psyche, if you look at it. He’s had a difficult time his last couple shootouts, so you know it’s the old thing – it’s getting the lead. You get the lead, score first – in the shootout too – it makes a difference, so that’s the most important thing for us. Our power play scored a goal. Our penalty killing was good, and so we’ve got to play against a higher level team on [Saturday].”

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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.