December 1 practice quotes: Justin Williams - LA Kings Insider

On what the team is focusing on to improve the power play output:
I think if you don’t have a good power play to start, then I found last night we kind of got away from our breakout, from our setup, just coming up the ice together. I thought we got away from that quickly, and when things look bad, we need to simplify. But power play is for scoring goals and gaining momentum, and we lost both last night.

On whether the power play is “simply an X’s and O’s thing”:
Well, the power play has a lot of facets to it. It’s not just one thing. You need to do everything right to get in. You need to stick with it. You can’t go off page. [Reporter: It’s not a matter of just moving the puck around either, is it? Bodies have to move a little bit, too, to get those little odd-man advantages, especially down low, and especially since goalies are so tough at just stopping a puck they can see, right?] I don’t think we’ve had enough down-low on our power play, in all honesty. I think we’ve had too much up-top. A lot of one-timers that have not hit the net and have not given us separate opportunities. I think with the unit that I was playing with, we needed to get more dirty.

On Darryl Sutter’s reference that the team might have been battling physical and mental fatigue:
Nah. I mean, he sees us play more than anyone. He’s sitting back watching. He feels the game out very well, and he knows what the players are feeling, and if that’s what he felt, that’s fine. But we’re never going to use that, as hockey players, as an excuse.

On how to make emotion “tangible”:
Being emotionally invested in a game isn’t just going out and hitting someone or getting a good shot on net. It’s wanting the puck at all times. It’s talking to your teammates, whether it be on the ice, or on the bench. Just getting yourself into a game, not just playing a game.

On who kept the ceremonial puck last night:

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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.