December 8 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On a “character” win:
I didn’t think we should’ve been down two-nothing, so obviously the Ehrhoff goal late in the second cut it in half. We played well enough to be leading after one and leading after two, and we could’ve still won it in regulation.

On what he liked about the Kings game, even when they trailed:
Well, you’re not going to have a lot of energy. It’s three-in-four. We were trying to play a really fundamental, basic game. What were the aspects I liked? Well, obviously…if you have the puck all game, you should feel good about it.

On learning from overtime:
I don’t think tonight was our advantage to go to overtime with the three-in-four. If you look at it, Shoresy and Brownie probably haven’t had, what, one or two shifts in the overtimes yet, and they’re the guys who went out and scored the goal. I don’t think we’re learning from it. I think that we trust the rules that we have and the guys that try and score. [Reporter: Dustin showed incredible patience. He just held and held and held.] Well, Johansen lost coverage. Any time you lose coverage, it’s going to open something up.

On whether the team plays a “basic, fundamental game” every game:
No, I think we played different tonight than we did the last couple games, that’s for sure, and obviously against a team that probably doesn’t have as much individual skill as the last two teams we played. But you have to play a keep-the-puck game as much as you can, or get the puck back, so that’s what good teams do. We’re not blessed with a lot of scoring, so if you’re going to try and go up and down the ice and outscore somebody, you’re probably going to get beat.

On Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar’s heavy minutes:
That’s about right for overtimes. Those guys are going to start overtimes, and that means they’re going to get three shifts in overtime, so that right there, if it goes almost the distance, is almost three minutes. That puts Kopi in the low-20’s and that puts Drew usually then in the high-20’s. … Gotta watch Drew’s minutes. He’s getting older now.

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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.