May 26 postgame quotes: Toffoli, Muzzin - LA Kings Insider

Tyler Toffoli, on Game 4 win:
Obviously the score shows the first period we played really well, and the second period we kind of let it slide. We weren’t putting as much pressure as we wanted to [on them]. The third period we tightened up and pulled through.

Toffoli, on how long the Game 5 loss stuck with the Kings last year:
The whole summer. When you lose out, you want to win the Stanley Cup, and when you lose, it takes a while. We’ve got to go there and we’ve got to try and close them out.

Toffoli, on the opportunity to head to Chicago for revenge:
I don’t think we’re worried about what happened last year. It’s a new year, and we have a new team, and we’re excited. We’ve got to bring our energy. We’ve got to start the way we started tonight and have a good game.

Toffoli, on energy in close-out games compared to games in which they face elimination:
I think we’ve been in the same situation, so we know the feeling and the start and the pressure they’re going to have, and we’ve got to match it and we’ve got to be better.

Toffoli, on the first period “We want the Cup” chants:
We’re kind of focusing in and trying to win the Conference Final first. We’ll take it game-by-game and go from there.

Toffoli, on whether the team is getting stronger as the series progresses:
Yeah, we’re confident. We’re a confident group of guys, and we’re just taking it game by game and trying to win each game at a time.

Jake Muzzin, on trying to close out the series on the road:
We have a lot of experience and veteran guys in here. We’re regrouping in here and we’re going to play our best game in Chicago. I think we’re going to have to do that to get the win.

Muzzin, on the first period:
It was good Kings hockey. We gained some momentum off our penalty kill and kind of limited their chances and getting pucks in. Like I said, we capitalized on a couple power plays and that kind of set us up for the rest of the game. It was nice.

Muzzin, on his power play goal:
It was kind of a broken play. Toff made a little pass to Drew and Drew found me. I looked up and I saw just Carts and one of their guys in front of the net. So I walked in and saw a little bit of net there and found it.

Muzzin, on breaking up a stretch pass to Patrick Kane in the first period:
That guy is pretty dangerous when you give him space. You have to always have an eye on where he is and try to limit his chances and get the puck out of his hands.

Muzzin, on how the game changes with a 3-0 lead:
After the period we have to regroup and look at it as if it’s a 0-0 game. The lead is huge. We know we have the lead, but we can’t sit back and try to defend the lead. We have to continue playing and playing on our toes and making plays and not just sitting back. We regroup. We know what the score is, but we regroup as if it’s a 0-0 game and we’re playing to win the period.

Muzzin, on Dustin Brown’s power play goal:
Rick made a really nice pass to me and I kind of saw Stick, or Justin Williams, backdoor and I passed it to him and it went to Brownie and it was in the net. It was nice.

Muzzin, on killing penalties against Chicago:
It’s definitely an intense battle, but we’re confident in our rotation and what we’re trying to do and we’ve got one of the best goalie back there if something breaks down. He made a big save early. We gain a lot of momentum off our PK and we have to continue [to do that].

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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.