March 31 postgame quotes: Justin Williams - LA Kings Insider

On whether the team was “off”:
I think it simply wasn’t good enough. We’ve had a tendency this last week or so to be giving up leads in the third period, and that’s very, very uncharacteristic of us. We need to rectify that these last five, six games, because we’re a team that shuts it down once we get the lead.

On what Minnesota did well in the win:
They were moving the puck well, and they shut down the neutral zone quite a bit, and we had some trouble getting through it tonight. They’re a team that’s playing well since the [Olympic] break as well…and they found a way to get it done tonight, and we didn’t.

On the level of concern over allowing third period leads to slip away:
I believe that probably comes individually. Individually, we’re a team that’s hard when we get the lead. You want teams to think, ‘Oh boy, it’s going to be a tough one to come back,’ and when youi let leads like that slip, you let belief sink in to the other teams that we play. That needs to stop right now, and we need to address it.

On scoring chances at the end of the game:
Kopi had a look, and Carter hard a look. We got ultimately what we wanted. We got a couple good looks to score a goal, but they blocked ‘em at the right time, and as I said, they did what they had to to win a game, and we were just a little off.

On his line continuing to develop chemistry:
Yeah, that’s coming with time together, absolutely. On my goal, Gabby made an awesome play. You usually think a guy in the high slot is going to shoot it from there. He makes a lot of little plays, and that certainly was one that not many guys can. [Reporter: Does that surprise you a little bit, that he did see you there?] Not really, because he always tells me that he’s open back door when I have it in the high slot. If he says it, then he’s probably got to practice what he preaches, too.

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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.