December 17 postgame quotes: Anze Kopitar - LA Kings Insider

On Martin Jones’ three shutouts:
Yeah, I think he’s done pretty well. I knew he was a good goalie. I didn’t know he could step in like this and pretty much – no disrespect for Quickie – but take over for him. That’s what we’re used to seeing from Quickie…and now Jonesy coming in. Scrivvy too. They’ve both been playing phenomenal for us since Johnny went down. That’s all we can ask for.

On Jones’ “coolness” under the circumstances in which he joined the team:
Their confidence is where it should be. It’s pretty high. I think we’re playing pretty solid hockey in front of ‘em. They’re there for the saves, and a few of the big saves during the night. Again, that’s all you can ask for.

On what the team did well in the third period to limit Edmonton’s chances:
Well, obviously you’re trying to keep everything to the outside and not really let anything happen through the middle of the ice, because they’ve got obviously lots of firepower, lots of skill that can hurt you in a hurry. We held it to the outside, and at the same time we wanted to attack as much as we could, and be disciplined and play in their zone. I thought we did a fairly good job of that.

On whether the team defends differently against a skilled, fast team like Edmonton:
No, we’re trying to play our game. Especially on home ice we feel our strength is playing our game, playing a fast, puck possession game, and at the same time being as physical as we can. It doesn’t matter [which]…team comes in, we’re trying to do that.

On whether there were challenges presented by the first home game after a road trip:
We didn’t necessarily have the energy level where we might have it some other nights. But at the end of the day wegot the two points. We battled it out, every single one of us, and that’s what counts.

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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.