December 6 postgame quotes: Tampa Bay - LA Kings Insider

Jon Cooper, on whether he considers Tampa Bay’s road trip to be a success:
If we had lost the first game and then won the next two, you may not be asking that question. I’d say this is a successful trip. What makes it a little tough is that we had an opportunity to get six of six and we only got four of six, but you look back and you see you have a long road trip like this out west and we won two games, so we’ve got to be pleased with that.

Jon Cooper, on pulling Andrei Vasilevskiy:
The change was for a spark, and we just tied it up and then it went it. That’s a coaches feel, Vas has been so good for us; believe me, that kid’s going to play again, he’s going to play a lot, but we were just looking for that spark, and unfortunately, they got the next one and we didn’t, and I thought Bish played really well in the time that he was in, but we were just kind of looking for that spark, and it didn’t happen.

Steven Stamkos, on Tampa Bay’s power play:
Execution, I mean that’s it. I don’t know how you fix it, but that’s the word – execution.

Tyler Johnson, on whether he’s disappointed in his team’s effort:
I thought we had some chances. LA’s a great hockey club. They play the right way, they’re very smart, they’re very structured, they get that goal on us, and they’re a tough team to come back on. We were able to get that next goal to tie it and then they get that quick one right after that, so that’s just kind of how the game went. I felt like we definitely could have done a lot better, the power play especially was pretty atrocious, there’s definitely room for improvement there.

Ben Bishop, on whether he considers Tampa Bay’s road trip to be a success:
Oh absolutely, this is a tough road trip, and to get four points, two wins out of three games, that’s a successful road trip out here. I thought we played actually pretty well tonight, Quick made some big saves, otherwise we easily could’ve been 3-3, we could’ve had the lead there, but he played well and I thought we had our chances.

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

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.