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Dave Feschuk: Leafs calm, cool and collected against Kings: Feschuk

“Instead of deflating and tightening and losing confidence, the Leafs replied to L.A.’s challenge by playing a robust third period, tying the game 3-3 on a James van Riemsdyk power-play goal and winning 4-3 in a shootout thanks to Joffrey Lupul’s lone goal and James Reimer’s trio of shootout saves.”

Kevin McGran: Maple Leafs silence the “Yeah, but…” crowd

“They beat the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings , who were rested in Toronto while the Leafs were on the second of back-to-back games.”


Rob Longley: Leafs top Kings in shootout

“Against the Kings, it was an entertaining, if slightly erratic, evening that saw the Leafs build a 2-0 lead, fall behind 3-2 just a little more than a minute into the third period then battle back to force the extra time.”

Steve Simmons: Maple Leafs calm, cool, collecting wins

“It is a group of new leaders, not necessarily wearing Cs and As. You see it in Mike Santorelli, in Daniel Winnik, in David Booth, in Stephane Robidas, in players who weren’t here a year ago. and the effect they have on others.”


Cathal Kelly: Leafs dethrone Kings, but the higher the climb, the greater the fall

“The Kings are presently Kingsing through the regular season – looking profoundly unengaged by non-elimination hockey. But they’re still the Kings.”


Michael Traikos: Toronto Maple Leafs benefiting from the evolution of Nazem Kadri

“A day later, he was a plus-2 with one assist in a 4-3 overtime shootout win against the Los Angeles Kings, all while keeping Anze Kopitar’s line off the scoresheet.”


Adam Laskaris: Leafs Postgame: Leafs Overcome West Coast Ref Bias, win 4-3

“The Leafs didn’t allow a single shot attempt at 5 on 5 in the final 8:43 of the third period. While they were shellacked 62-38 in this regard overall, it’s notable that the team was able to defend effectively and force overtime.”

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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.