December 14 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On not being able to hold the lead in the third period:
Penalty and a quick goal. That’s two nights in a row where we lost faceoffs killing a penalty and it ends up in the net. You know what? We battled back. Tough to get points, especially right now in this buildings.

On the positive signs from the last two games despite the losses:
Well, you know you’ve got to be careful, though, when you lose that you don’t say that ‘That’s OK.’ You’ve got to find ways. It’s tough to get points, and you’ve got to just kind of soldier on and always get ready for the next one. It’s what you’ve got to do.

On whether Jonathan Quick kept the Kings in the game:
No, he didn’t have much work. If you did it by scoring chances, it wasn’t that many. [Reporter: Timely saves, though, at times.] Well, I think that’s what usually goalies do is make timely saves.

On whether he sees signs of improvement in the big picture, or whether he’s “frustrated”:
We’ve played as well as we can. We’re a different team than we were last year. We need great goaltending and we need guys to score big goals. Usually that comes out of your top guys. I think the best thing, probably when you ask that, taking out of tonight, is that Gabby scores. We’re 30-something games into the year and he’s finding his way. Hopefully this is good for him tonight.

On Jeff Carter:
Jeff? Jeff plays the same way every night. He’s a guy that in the scoring part has run hot and cold his whole career. It’s not right now. That’s how he’s been. He’ll come out of it as long as he continues to do all the little things. Just stay on top of it and work the way he works.

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#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.

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#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.