January 28 morning skate quotes: Drew Doughty - LA Kings Insider

On Monday’s game appearing to be a “vintage Kings win”:
Yeah, that’s how we win games. We don’t give up goals and we don’t score many goals, but we’re fine with that. We don’t want to be a high-scoring team where it’s just a crapshoot out there every night – just running around trying to get goals. We want to have solid defensive game and we need our offense to pick up too, but a lot of it has to come from the power play. The power play was probably the only thing that we would like to fix from last night. We had some good opportunities and some bad ones too. We’re happy with the win and we’ll take those every day.

On limiting San Jose’s top players:
We play them so much, we know what they’re going to do. If you can shut down those top two lines, you’re going to do pretty well. If you can keep them off the power play and not take many penalties, that’s where they get a lot of their momentum from – especially in the first 10 minutes that’s always the toughest to play San Jose. It seems like every time we go into San Jose, they get one in the first 10 minutes and we’re on our heels right off the bat. So we managed to not let them do that last night and we gave them nine shots and that’s great defensive game right there.

On whether the team had talked about blocking shots before the game:
Blocking is never really talked about, unless you’re on the PK. It’s just known that if you can block a shot you better block it. We don’t want guys dodging shots or flamingo-ing or whatever you call it. It’s important. We’re trying to win games as a team and that’s what it takes – all those little things. People don’t realize those things – like little checks on big players and blocking shots and good sticks in certain positions – and those things sometimes make the difference in the game.

On aspects of the game the team focused on in needing a win:
We just needed that. If everyone on the team outplayed the other guy looking across from them, we could win that game. That’s all our mindset was before the game, so do that.

On Phoenix’s mobile defense, and what Los Angeles has to be aware of tonight:
Yeah, they’re different than they have [been] every year I’ve been in the league. Every year I’ve been in the league, they’ve been the team that has the lowest goals against, and not scoring many goals. And this year, they’re completely opposite. They almost flip flopped. They’re high in goal scoring and low in goals against. They’re lighting a lot more. So we don’t want to get in a race with them tonight. We want to play our game – a solid road game, a game we know how to play. Keep the score down and win it that way.

On what needs to be fixed on the power play:
I don’t know. I think tonight we’re just going to try to get more shots. I’m just going to load up for that one-timer, that little wrister through. Last night I don’t think I had any shots on the power play. So I think that’s what we need to do – simplify, get shots to the net. Our power play was good a few games ago and scored us some big goals. So we just have to remember what we did there and do it again.

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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.