April 16 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On Jonathan Quick’s performance:
“I thought both goalies were pretty outstanding.”

On whether the key in a game with a lot of chances is to tighten up:
“Yeah. It always is.”

On what he’s looking for defensively:
“Don’t turn pucks over. I mean, we assisted on both their goals.”

On San Jose finding energy in the second game of a back-to-back set:
“You know what? I think everybody this year, you look at back-to-back games with all the good teams, especially in their own buildings – it’s reflective of good teams always, right? I know we haven’t had a problem back to back at all. It’s more of the next part of it – The three-in-four, those things.”

On Brent Burns’ versatility:
“It’s nice to be able to have a player like that. You know, I said that before. I saw [him] lots when he was in Minnesota being in Calgary, where he could play forward and play defense and play on the power play and kill penalties. It’s a luxury that they have. There’s not many guys period in the game ever that can do that, when you think about it. You literally can count probably how many guys.”

On whether the game had the feeling of a playoff game:
“No…They have a really good home record. They’ve only lost one game in regulation at home. The big part is because their penalty killing and their goaltending…Niemi doesn’t get [any] again being out west, and their penalty killing has gone to the top of the league, so it affects their home record. [Reporter: You said exactly the same thing about him last year at this time.] I mean, what’s he got, 20-something wins? He was the best player on the ice tonight, that’s for sure.”

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#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


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#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


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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.

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Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


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Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


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