Slovenia-United States notes, quotes, tweets - LA Kings Insider

United States 5, Slovenia 1
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BULLET POINTS: Phil Kessel’s hat trick powered the United States to a 5-1 victory over Slovenia Sunday morning. Kessel recorded the first three goals for the Americans, with San Jose’s Joe Pavelski assisting on each marker. Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonah and Blues forward David Backes each added a goal. Marcel Rodman scored Slovenia’s lone goal with less than a minute left in the game. American goalie Ryan Miller turned aside 17-of-18 shots faced, as Jonathan Quick was not dressed for the game. The victory assured the United States’ win of Group A in the preliminary round.

BROWN: Dustin Brown recorded an assist on David Backes’ goal in the third period. The winger finished the game with a plus-one rating with 10:51 of ice time over 14 shifts. Brown started the game on a line with Patrick Kane and Ryan Kesler before he finished the game on a line with David Backes and Ryan Callahan.

KOPITAR: Anze Kopitar did not register a point in the game. He saw his ice time drastically decrease from 26:50 in Saturday’s win over Slovakia, to just 11:31. It was noted that Kopitar was not on the bench for a significant amount of time in the third period. It is being reported by the NHL’s Dan Rosen that he was suffering from a stomach flu (Read more about it here). The centerman won nine of his 13 faceoff attempts.

THEIR WORDS: Phil Kessel spoke about his hat trick with NBC’s Pierre McGuire “The first one was just a pass to me wide. I made a little move and buried it five-hole. The second one, kind of like a two-on-one almost, a pass out front – great pass – and forced them to get it in. The third one was just a rebound.” Kessel continued to speak about his line with Joe Pavelski and James van Riemsdyk “I thought we’ve had some chances every game and we got a couple goals each game. Tonight we were fortunate to get a couple more.” recap
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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.