December 28 postgame quotes: Forbort, Toffoli - LA Kings Insider

Derek Forbort, on his read on the play that led to his first NHL goal:
I just kind of got a weird puck off the end-boards and I just wanted to get it down to the net. I think somehow it went in. I think the puck had eyes, but it felt good.

Forbort, on whether he had a sense it was his goal when the puck went in the net:
I didn’t know. At first, I thought it got tipped but then Brownie told me it was mine. But I feel like even if he did tip it, he wouldn’t tell me that. So, [he’s] a good guy like that. [Reporter: It looked like he went over to the officials to let them know, too], Yeah, a good captain like that.

Forbort, on what stood out about the team’s performance:
I think it was just a complete game by the guys. I mean all throughout all facets of the game, the boys were on their toes tonight and kind of clicking on all cylinders. So it was a good one.

Forbort, on whether he has received any congratulatory text messages:
I haven’t even checked my phone. I’ve just been stretching, just trying to recover and get ready for tomorrow.

Tyler Toffoli, on whether there was an emphasis on him and Anze Kopitar to step up with Jeff Carter out:
Yeah, we had a good game but I think it all started with Nabber first shift and we followed. Quickie made some huge saves and kind of kept them out of it.

Toffoli, on how much they fed off of the early emotion in the game:
The first little bit, that’s what hockey is about. Especially a division game, we’re both fighting for a playoff spot really. So it was a really good game and I thought we played really well.

Toffoli, on whether they need goals from the defensemen to be successful:
We need everybody to be scoring. That’s what we take pride in as a team, for everybody to contribute and all find a way to score goals or make plays and just get us some momentum. Forbs and Nabber – just great shots from the point, getting them through and big goals for us.

Toffoli, on whether he was thinking about the top corner of the net on his first goal:
Close my eyes and shoot and shoot as hard as I can.

Toffoli, on how important it is to extend their lead in the Pacific Division:
It’s huge. We haven’t done a great job so far with teams in our division and I think we kind of threw some games away. But winning in Arizona, winning tonight, we’re just trying to send a message that we’re the best team in the division and we’re going to take pride in being the best.

Toffoli, on whether he’s excited about Derek Forbort’s first NHL goal:
Yeah, now we need some other guys to score.

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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.