April 23 morning skate quotes: Mike Richards - LA Kings Insider

On what the power play success this season can be attributed to, whether a new assistant coach, better ability to bury the puck, better zone entry, or something else:
“Maybe a little bit of everything. I think a lot of it has to do with just being familiar with each other on the ice. When you have new guys inserted into the power play, I think it takes a little bit to get comfortable with where everybody is on the ice and what you want to do and what you’re looking for. I think a little bit of everything kind of bumps you up a couple percent.”

On his responsibilities when manning the point on the power play:
“I think it’s just to see what is out there. We obviously want the puck in Kopi’s hands as much as possible. He makes a lot of plays, and then from there it’s whatever they give us, whether it’s getting that shot through or looking for Drew or finding Jeff in the mid zone there and Brown is at the net. So there’s certain things – you’re shooting to score some times, you’re shooting for tips, but most of it runs through Kopi and what he’s doing with the puck.”

On whether he was trying to bank the puck off Jeff Carter in overtime against Dallas:
“No, I was just throwing it there. It just kind of got to a point where you’ve just got to put it in a five-foot span of him, and he somehow finds a [way] to put it in there. At first, I wanted to shoot it, and then I was just going around the guy and almost painted myself into a corner there and just tried to get the puck to the net and luckily it went in.”

On whether the team expected to win the game in overtime on Sunday:
“I thought we were playing well and keeping them to a little time in the zone. Quickie made some big saves there to keep it tied, and I think just with the way we were playing, the confidence was there and we weren’t sitting back in overtime. I think we were really pushing and wanted to get it finished.”

On whether it is beneficial to face desperate opponents leading up to the playoffs:
“Yeah, I think so, and we know firsthand what it means to go into playoffs on a high note and playing well. It’s nice to [be] playing teams that are in that desperate role because you’ve got to match that desperation if not surpass it if you’re going to have success.”

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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.