April 2 postgame quotes: Edmonton - LA Kings Insider

Taylor Hall, on the loss:
Yeah, I mean we lost 8-2. You’re never proud of efforts like that. We let our goalies out to dry on a few occasions. We came into this Western swing against Anaheim and LA with high hopes. We have some work to do. There were some positives things for sure, but overall if we want to compete with these teams we have to play better.

Hall, on what struggles the team has faced in its last two games:
We’ve had a few turnovers. We’ve had some mental mistakes that really hadn’t crept into our game for a long time and that’s what happens.

Hall, on whether he believes in playing the role of spoiler:
If you knock one team out of the playoffs, another team is getting in. You’re not dwindling the playoffs down to four teams when you beat teams. But we have a good group of guys in here and we play with pride. We have fun playing together and we have fun winning together, but these last two games were an exception.

Jordan Eberle, on playing better before coming to Southern California:
We definitely were playing better and then you have two stinkers like this. I don’t even have words, just that was embarrassing.

Eberle, on whether there is something to play for at this point in their season:
Pride, we’re professional hockey players. You go out and do that and give that effort, I mean they treated us like a junior team. They were pushing us around, they were winning battles, they were getting to our front of the net, we couldn’t get to theirs. You’re a professional hockey player, you have to be able to play through whatever it is. Guys are playing for jobs. You go out there and you get embarrassed like that, you have to be in a situation where there’s going to be guys that are going to take your spot. It’s that simple. In the NHL, the AHL, there are a ton of good hockey players that would love to be here. You do that, it’s just like I said, it’s embarrassing.

Todd Nelson, on whether their opponent was “too desperate and too good”:
Well, they came at us real hard at the start and they didn’t let up until maybe late in the third. They’re a desperate hockey team and they’re a good hockey team. They’re the Stanley Cup champions. They’re trying to put themselves in a position to go after it again and they played a very strong game.

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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.