March 12 practice quotes: Kopitar, Muzzin - LA Kings Insider

Anze Kopitar, on developing chemistry with Marian Gaborik:
I think it’s coming along. I think we’ve had some chances over the course of the last two games. We didn’t connect on any yet, but I’m sure that’s going to come soon.

Kopitar, on adjustments other teams make because of Gaborik’s presence:
Well, I can definitely notice they’re careful of his speed. In that regard, maybe their right D is backing off just a little big, giving us a couple extra feet, which is always nice on the ice. He’s making the little plays in the offensive zone that turn into pretty good scoring chances. I think everybody was expecting him to do that too, and he certainly brought that to the table, but I think there’s still more to be done within our line.

Kopitar, on three of the last four game-winners being scored on the power play, and whether the team approaches power plays late in tied games any differently:
No, we always try to score. I mean, it doesn’t matter if we’re up one, we’re down two. It doesn’t matter…We’re just trying to work on it and build on momentum – if not score, build a good momentum for us to go forward. I guess scoring three out of four game winners [on the power play], it’s a pretty nice stat, too, but you’ve got to keep it going. You can’t be stuck with that.

Jake Muzzin, on the percentage of his friends that were Maple Leafs fans:
Every one. [Reporter: Every single one?] And maybe the odd Montreal fan.

Muzzin, on Maple Leafs fanaticism in Woodstock, Ontario:
Oh yeah. Everything was about the Leafs. You wanted to be either Felix Potvin in net or Dougie Gilmour on the ice, or Mats Sundin, or one of those guys.

Muzzin, on being a Doug Gilmour fan when he was younger:
Yeah, Dougie was one, and obviously when you played road hockey, when you got in net, you were Felix Potvin. We always had the Felix Potvin mask, and the blocker and trapper was a combo set that everyone had. [Reporter: He’s one of the best goalies in this team’s history, too.] I guess so, eh? Quickie’s pretty good, too.

Muzzin, on developing chemistry with Alec Martinez on the power play:
Well, I think we were shooting the puck a little more, and maybe it’s opening up, giving us a little bit more time. But for the most part, keep it simple. The other group, they’re doing the same. We’re getting some production on the power play, which is nice. We can continue, actually, getting more pucks to the net and more bodies to the net, I think, on the power play, but for the most part it’s been good.

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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.