April 4 postgame quotes: Toffoli, Kopitar - LA Kings Insider

Tyler Toffoli, on reaching the 30-goal mark:
It’s whatever. As a team we’re not playing the right way and we want to be winning right now.

Toffoli, on where the team’s frustration lies:
Just little breakdowns, not scoring big goals. Myself, I had a breakaway and I could have put them in a 2-0 hole early in the game and I didn’t capitalize, and they stuck around and they beat us.

Toffoli, on letting teams hang around, not finishing:
Scoring big goals isn’t scoring a goal with a minute left to win the game, it’s scoring two-three goals in the first period, putting them down, giving them a hard time to come back.

Toffoli, on if the team takes solace on doing everything in the third period but score:
You can’t win games if you’re not playing a full 60 minutes; Quickie’s been standing on his head, giving us every single chance to win, and we’re having breakdowns and they’re scoring, it’s not the right way.

Anze Kopitar, on the game:
I think we had enough opportunities, we’ve got to score, that’s the bottom line. I think tonight, we have a good start, we get one, and then doing just enough to let them hang around, and they get a couple opportunities and they score, and then the next thing you know we’re behind and we’re chasing the lead, we all know that’s not the way to go. The effort’s there, it’s not like the guys aren’t trying hard, we’ve got to play smarter obviously, play a little bit tighter, and just check better and not give them opportunities off of our own mistakes.

Kopitar, on if he feels the team’s urgency is where it should be, or if it’s more about execution:
I think it’s more about execution than anything else, I think it was just too much sloppy play on our part, some penalties that we just can’t take, and we put ourselves in a position where we’ve got to kill – what was it, a minute and a half of 5-on-3. Teams obviously have good players, it doesn’t matter if they’re in the playoffs or not, they’re going to make plays, especially on a 5-on-3, obviously that hurt us tonight.

Kopitar, on if the concern is directed more toward the standings or how the team is playing:
Obviously you want to finish first, definitely, but it’s not necessarily always about wins and losses either, obviously you want to win as much as you can too, but you’ve got to know that your game is where it needs to be going into the playoffs, and right now we’re just short of that, but we still have three games remaining here to sharpen up and put it in place in an order we want it to be.

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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.