On the loss:
Well, I think it comes down to having to play a full 60 minutes, and we didn’t do that. We had a few breakdowns defensively, and we can’t have that, especially in the third period against a hockey club like that. This is a battle here in the west to make the playoffs, and everyone’s jockeying for spots. We’ve got to sharpen up.

On scoring and feeling more “confident”:
Well, I think I might just be a benefactor of other guys making good plays. I’ve just been trying to get a lot of shots to the net, and fortunately they’ve been going in. But obviously I would’ve much rather gotten the win tonight.

On Alex Ovechkin and Washington visiting Los Angeles on Thursday:
He’s obviously one of the top players in the league. He’s got 45 goals or something. He’s a really good player, and they’ve got a good high-powered offense. They have for the past few years. We’ve got to play strong defensively and clean things up on our end and take a focus on our game.

On Phoenix’s desperation in the third period:
Like I said, things are really tight, especially in the west. Everyone’s fighting ot get in the playoffs these last 15 or so games here. I say7 it all the time, but it’s been like this ever since I’ve been here. They were a desperate hockey club tonight, and we didn’t match it. [Reporter: Are you surprised at that?] I don’t think we’re really satisfied with the way that we’re playing right now. It’s just a matter of that. It’s not being ‘surprised’ or not.

On the four-point swing game:
Yeah, like I said, these are an important two points here, and I think they’re just a few points behind us. These are big points at the end of the year here. It’s crunch time, and we’ve got to start winning games.

On taking penalties:
Yeah. It’s something that we try to focus on, is not taking too many penalties. You can’t give other teams the opportunities to go on special teams, because that’s often times the difference in the hockey game.

On any turning point that led to a change in third period momentum:
I think it was just a matter of us having a couple breakdowns. I don’t think that there was a specific turning point, no. But we’ve got to play better.

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

VIEW ALEC MARTINEZ POSTS
Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

VIEW ANZE KOPITAR POSTS
Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

VIEW DREW DOUGHTY POSTS
Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.
VIEW TYLER TOFFOLI POSTS

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

VIEW JEFF CARTER POSTS
Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

VIEW JONATHAN QUICK POSTS