January 17 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the 3-2 win:
I thought we played a really good game. I think that the third period, I think [Perron’s] goal, Muzz made a good play to get it out and it hit the referee and the puck stayed in. I don’t think Jonathan saw it at all, so it was just a chip at the net and the puck got in. Other than that, it’s like a playoff game.

On whether Anze Kopitar’s line established a good rhythm in the second period:
I don’t think you wait until the second period to get rhythm. I think they were really good the whole night. I think in particular those three centermen – Jeff and Kopi and Lecavalier – were all really strong for us.

On Vincent Lecavalier:
It’s a big goal, it’s a power play goal. It’s two teams that don’t give up many scoring chances. Tonight, what were there, three or four penalties each, and we scored a power play goal and they didn’t, and in the end it has a big impact on the game.

On whether the performance was tighter than Saturday’s game:
We played a really good two periods yesterday. Everybody’s playing playoff hockey now. If you want to make the playoffs, it’s the same thing. We’re trying to make the playoffs. A little bit too much talk around our team the last couple weeks about new players and contracts and all that. You know what? We’re trying to make the playoffs. We were playing tonight a team that won the division last year and went to the conference finals, so to think that you’re going to have momentum the whole game or anything like that, it’s not. We have a lot of guys in here that still have a lot to learn about being a playoff player. In fact, we have a lot of guys that haven’t played a playoff game. It’s a fact. I mean, the big thing last night was Kopi’s contract. Well, how many times has the media asked Kopi, and he said the contract will get done when the same numbers that all the geniuses were reporting are what he signed for. One of the biggest problems last night with our game was he had to get interviewed before he came off the ice about his new contract between periods. So, how much did that impact the game? Maybe that’s why we lost the game. Breaking news. Got to get to it first. Hard to believe, right? What do they call that? Echo journalism? Drives me nuts.

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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.