March 22 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On whether it’s “frustrating” to have a “different effort, same result” as last night:
Yeah, it’s frustrating, but it’s not really a different effort. It was a great effort last night, too. It’s difficult when you look up at the clock and it’s eight shots and you’re down two-cob.

On generating quality looks on the power play but not scoring:
We missed some guys that score for us on the lineup, Jon. Missed some players. Nothing to do with the power play.

On Nic Dowd’s debut:
I thought he was solid. [Reporter: He was getting some good ice time in the third period.] You get called up, you get to play.

On whether Devan Dubnyk had a strong night:
Yeah, I thought he did. He made some big saves, obviously. He made a couple on the power play, I think on Doughty, and he made some big saves, one at the end there. I forgot who it was against, Marty, maybe?

On whether Minnesota was a desperate team:
I was more watching our team than theirs.

On whether Dubnyk was the difference in the game:
Yeah, he probably was. But at the same time, it’s tough to score in this league, and as I said, we didn’t have Pearson tonight and Versteeg and Gaborik, so that means other guys have got to step up. Can’t use it as an excuse. You need to have that many shots, and you need to make sure that you keep your goals against at one or two and see if you can score. That’s how you win. That’s how you make the playoffs and that’s how you win in the playoffs.

On Tyler Toffoli’s goal:
It was a good play by Tyler. It was basically a power play goal. They weren’t back in the play yet.

On a potential Los Angeles-Minnesota playoff series:
Yeah, I don’t think that could happen – I guess it could happen. It’d have to be a one-eight deal, right? That’s the only way it could happen.

On the reason to move Brayden McNabb back alongside Drew Doughty:
We’re comfortable with Scuderi or McNabb or whoever it is. It’s got to be a left-shot, and I don’t like splitting Muzz and Marty up.

On whether he considered a change when Jonathan Quick allowed a second goal:
No. He should’ve been well rested. He got a couple periods in last night.

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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.