May 10 morning skate quotes: Brown, Doughty - LA Kings Insider

Dustin Brown, on the match-up against Anaheim’s top line:
We still have to limit their opportunities. Granted, some of their best opportunities have come on the power play. That’s just a result of them being the players that they are. They’re going to get opportunities on the power play, but I think we can be harder on Getzlaf especially. Just trying to get a body on him is difficult because he’s a very smart player and he moves the puck well, but we have to find a way to make it harder for him.

Drew Doughty, on being able to see trends in the team’s game in the playoffs:
Yeah, I think we all see it. Obviously at the start of the first series, the first two games especially, were not the way we can play. We started to get better in the third game, but still lost that one. The four remaining games after that, I thought that’s when we were at our best. That’s when we were playing the way LA Kings can really play. In this series, I don’t think we’ve played even close to our best hockey yet. We scored big goals at big times and won games because of that, but we haven’t played very well.

Doughty, on what can be improved on from Game 3:
It just felt like we should have had the puck more. We didn’t create any chances. Our defense in the last couple games had like no shots on goal. When your D are getting no shots on goal, that usually means you’re not getting much offensive zonetime because that’s where the D produce shots from. We’re not doing a good job with that. I think we can do a better job at taking away some of their D’s speed. Their team is running our guys as much as possible, our defense. I think it’d be good to get on their top guys like Fowler, Vatanen, and take it to them.

Doughty, on the importance of getting the first goal of the game at home:
It’s not even so much the first goal. Yeah the first goal is important, but if we go into another team’s rink and they score that first goal on us, I’m like ‘Ok whatever, get over it.’ Let’s get the next one kind of thing. If a team comes out and they’re just dumping the puck in and forechecking you and hitting you hard and it seems like every shift there is 10 of their guys on the ice, that’s when it gets frustrating. So that’s the kind of direction we’re going for. Making it hard for the other team, making other teams not want to play against us in that first period. We haven’t done that yet this whole season, so tonight would be a good time to start.

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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.