December 26 postgame quotes: Kopitar, Muzzin - LA Kings Insider

Anze Kopitar, on how he read the play on his game-winning goal:
I saw that it was a forward on the backend and then I saw he stumbled just a little bit and I just wanted to make sure I got around him and then saw the pokecheck coming and just wanted to make sure I got around. From then on, I wanted to bear down and just really put it in there because it’s overtime. The ice is not the greatest out there, but it was good that it went in.

Kopitar, on the team’s approach heading into the third period:
Well, first and foremost, we just wanted to stick to our game plan and stick to our game because we were down 1-0 in Toronto and then it kind of spiraled on us after that. [We] just went out there, got a few power play chances, capitalized on a few, and then got into some penalty trouble. They came back. They obviously have some skill, or a lot of skill, and they made us pay on their power play. But it’s nice to get the two points, that’s for sure.

Jake Muzzin, on Darryl Sutter calling his collision with Boyd Gordon a “hockey play”:
Yeah, I obviously didn’t mean to hit him in the head or anything like that. I was just going to keep the puck in and he kind of went down low and my [backside] caught him in the face.

Muzzin, on how the team remained focused in an eventful game:
Yeah, we knew we had to gut check and get out there and have a good third and we did that tonight. We got some power play goals and that was huge for us.

Muzzin, on whether his lack of league discipline will affect any league decision:
Well, we’ll see. Whatever they’ve got to do, they’ve got to do. But I didn’t go and intentionally hit him in the head. I think you can see it, but like I didn’t know, obviously, that he was going to drop and take a knee like that. But it is what it is.

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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.