Aware of the challenge, Kings remain confident - LA Kings Insider

As Los Angeles is now on the verge of playing their 21st playoff game of 2014, that’s left enough time for Darry Sutter to opine repeatedly that momentum doesn’t necessarily carry over between games in the postseason.

That’s a good thing for the Kings, who have played well but haven’t been able to put the Blackhawks away in their two attempts entering what will be a raucous night at the United Center with the home team entering tonight’s game with a brief winning streak.

“Yeah, you don’t want to play in too many Game 7s. I guess you do if you win them, but we’re here,” Jarret Stoll said. “Everything to this point is forgotten and gone. We feel comfortable we can come in here and win a game, play well in this building against this team and win. We need everybody to be good. We need everybody to be above average. We don’t need anybody to be great. We don’t need our goaltender to be unbelievable, or Kopitar to be unbelievable. Everybody in the room just has to be really good.”

The Kings also have a combined 70-7 record of Game 7 experience, which may as well qualify them as the best Game 7 team of all time. They’re 6-0 when facing elimination this postseason, and Justin Williams is a wizard who has maintained his two-points-a-game Game 7 pace. Mike Richards, Justin Williams and Marian Gaborik are 6-0 in Game 7s, with Jeff Carter clocking in with an impressive 4-0 record.

With the team enduring back-to-back losses to the defending champs and having traveled much of Saturday to take part in a game in which they’ve established themselves as the personification of elimination game success, that could create a mercurial collection of thoughts and emotions, right?

“No, we’re remaining the same way,” Drew Doughty said. “Our group is still confident. Obviously we lost the last two games, but we’re over it pretty quick. We’ve got to reset. We’ve got a game tonight and it’s going to be a tough one. It’s going to be their best game yet and we have to have our best effort too.”

Drew Doughty, on whether he remembers the day of Game 7 against Anaheim:
Not really. I more so remember Game 7 against San Jose than I remember Game 7 against the Ducks. The boys were just excited to play. We stayed loose in pre-game skate. We didn’t put any extra pressure on ourselves. We just went out and played our style of game and had fun with it. [Reporter: Do you get the same vibe so far?] Yeah, we’ve got the same vibe so far. Now we’re up against a better team, there is no doubt about that. This team has proven that they’re a winning team and winners in the past and it makes it that much tougher for us. We have to have our best effort. That’s it.

Player GP – G-A=Pts; W-L
Matt Greene 4 – 0-0=0; 3-1
Jake Muzzin 3 – 0-1=1; 3-0
Drew Doughty 3 – 1-2=3; 3-0
Mike Richards 6 – 1-4=5; 6-0
Anze Kopitar 3 – 2-3=5; 3-0
Marian Gaborik 6 – 2-3=5; 6-0
Kyle Clifford 3 – 0-3=3; 3-0
Justin Williams 6 – 6-6=12; 6-0
Trevor Lewis 3 – 0-1=1; 3-0
Dustin Brown 3 – 1-0=1; 3-0
Colin Fraser 1 – 0-0=0; 1-0
Slava Voynov 3 – 0-3=3; 3-0
Alec Martinez 2 – 0-1=1; 2-0
Jarret Stoll 3 – 0-0=0; 2-1
Willie Mitchell 3 – 0-0=0; 3-0
Robyn Regehr 6 – 0-0=0; 3-3
Jeff Schultz 4 – 0-0=0; 2-2
Tanner Pearson 2 – 2-1=3; 2-0
Jordan Nolan 0 – 0-0=0; 0-0
Tyler Toffoli 3 – 1-1=2; 3-0
Dwight King 3 – 0-1=1; 3-0
Jeff Carter 4 – 1-2=3; 4-0

Jonathan Quick 3 – 3-0 record / 180 MP / 1.33 GAA / .957 Sv%

April 18, 1968: Quarterfinals vs. MIN (MIN 9 at LA 4)
April 13, 1969: Quarterfinals vs. OAK (LA 5 at OAK 3)
April 25, 1976: Quarterfinals vs. BOS (LA 0 at BOS 3)
April 15, 1989: Smythe Division Semifinals vs. EDM (EDM 3 at LA 6)
May 29, 1993: Western Conference Final vs. TOR (LA 5 at TOR 4)
May 9, 2001: Western Conference Semifinals vs. COL (LA 1 at COL 5)
April 29, 2002: Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. COL (LA 0 at COL 4)
May 28, 2013: Western Conference Semifinals vs. SJ (SJ 1 at LA 2)
April 30, 2014: First Round vs. SJ (LA 5 at SJ 1)
May 16, 2014: Second Round vs. ANA (LA 6 at ANA 2)

Darryl Sutter: 6-3 in Game 7

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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.