June 7 postgame quotes: Jake Muzzin - LA Kings Insider

On the team’s ability to comeback in games:
I don’t know what it is. A lot of experience, a lot of belief and we have confidence in this room that we can come back. Big plays at big times, guys are ready to do it and we’ve been doing it. Having Quickie in net helping us stay in when we need him is huge for us. It gives us momentum and we’ve been capitalizing on some bounces.

On the team not feeling like they have to rely on a few key players to win games:
I think that’s what makes us so good right now. We’ve got guys who can score on all lines and on all sets of D. That’s what makes us a dangerous team.

On whether New York feels deflated after two overtime losses in Los Angeles:
It’s tough, but they’re a good team. They’ll look at some stuff and get ready. They’re going to back to their barn, so they’re going to come out with a good effort. We need to improve in our game as well. [Reporter: What do you have to improve on?] Our starts.

On the victory:
It was a good battle. The one that we’re really looking for is Game 4 and we have two more that we need. Definitely an exciting game, I’m sure the fans loved it. But we need two more wins and we’re focusing on Game 3.

On Justin Williams recording three assists after an early turnover:
That’s probably him getting mad at himself and saying ‘I’ve got to be better and I have to help the team win.’ That’s what he did tonight.

On whether they are confident they will win the game when it heads to overtime:
I don’t know what it is. It’s hard to explain, but we’ve got a calm belief in here that we can win every game no matter what the score is and no matter what the situation is. The experience, the leadership, the guys around, guys making big plays when we need to make them and Quickie making big saves when we need him to make those saves – everything is just kind of clicking right now.

On coming back from a two-goal deficit in both games of the series:
I don’t know what the heck is going on. We’re giving them two and we’re coming back a couple times now. Definitely not the game plan we want. We’ll take the win, but we want better starts. That’s for sure.

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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.