November 13 postgame quotes: Dallas - LA Kings Insider

Jason Spezza, on the win:
I thought it was a great game by us with some big saves by the goaltender when we needed it. I thought the third period was a really good period for us. We’ve struggled with the lead a little bit this season, and that was a good step in the right direction for us to lock it down like that.

Spezza, on his reaction to Kari Lehtonen’s save on Jarret Stoll:
It’s a special save by him. It shows his athleticism. At the time of the game, with the way the flow of the game was going, it was a big save to maintain the lead for us and to keep us in the game and up and to be able to continue to play along with the way we’re playing.

Spezza, on the goal that was waved off after the puck hit the mesh:
The whistle didn’t go. So there is a little bit of grey area. We don’t know what’s reviewable and what’s not right now. There has been some overturned and not. Our opinion was that because play went on, it’s a live play. But they got it right. We would have like to have seen the goal though.

Kari Lehtonen, on his save on Jarret Stoll:
It’s one of those things that maybe one out of 50 times you’re able to get it. It sure felt good and I was happy about it. There is not much to do with goaltending when you’re just scrambling and he ends up hitting the glove. I have to be happy about that.

Lindy Ruff, on the game:
I thought it was a good win for our club. We knew we had them on a back-to-back. I thought we came out pretty good in the first period. They had a little push in the second. I thought we responded pretty well. We needed the one real big save from our goaltender. But other than that, I thought we played a pretty clean game defensively where we didn’t give up a lot of good opportunities.

Alex Goligoski, on holding a team under two goals for the first time this season:
I think we’ve been good at times and bad at times. It’s just a consistency thing and closing out games. It’s good to close them out.

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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.