How Quick nearly earned an overtime assist - LA Kings Insider

Through three overtime sessions, both the Los Angeles Kings and their opponents have registered 12 shots on goal. There’s not really much of a consensus yet on which teams have been the best three-on-three teams, but the Kings are 2-0 in games decided in overtime this season, and while their wins over Minnesota and Nashville saw both sides register quality scoring opportunities, Los Angeles had the edge in scoring chances on Wednesday night at Tampa Bay. (The Lightning won, 2-1, in a shootout.)

But one of the most interesting plays of the Kings-Bolts game occurred when Jonathan Quick had an opportunity to cover a puck, which would have drawn a defensive zone faceoff. Instead, he saw Anze Kopitar streak into the neutral zone in an attempt to generate a quick outnumbered counterattack. Quick offered a hard saucer pass up-ice to spring Kopitar loose for a breakaway, but Ben Bishop’s timely stick check kept the L.A. star from stickhandling around him and ending the game in overtime.

On Friday afternoon, Quick spoke about what he saw from the play, as well as how his duties evolve during the extra session.

Jonathan Quick, on how he read the play in overtime:
I think when the puck got shot towards me, I had seen ahead that Kopi already kind of blew the zone. It was a smart play by him, because he knew two things were going to happen – either I was going to freeze it and he would go to the bench, or I’d see it and try to get it up to him. It was a good play by him. Luckily I saw it and tried to get it up to him there.

Quick, on whether three-on-three overtime adds an offensive variable for goalies:
Absolutely. Well, I think the biggest thing is you want the possession, so if you’re freezing the puck, obviously that’s going to be a 50-50 play for the next possession. So if you have the ability to kind of keep the play moving – they probably won’t forecheck too hard because it’s only three guys – so if you have room to try to keep the possession, keep the play going and get it in the hands of one of your teammates, then you want to opt for that.

Quick, on the Kings’ early success in overtime:
We’ve got talented players. If you give guys enough room, they’re going to create some chances for themselves. Obviously, that’s huge. Like I said earlier, that possession thing, if you create possession, you have more time, you have the puck on your stick more often, and chances are you’ll have one or two more chances in 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.