April 9 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On surrendering a 3-0 lead in a shootout loss:
We got a point. I think that some of our top guys, being four-in-six, didn’t have the gas to be able to sustain it.

On whether the result was based more on Winnipeg’s push or Los Angeles’ collapse:
You know, I told our players they were playing their last game of the year and they’ve got lots of juice and they were playing almost a shinny game out there. I think our top guys kind of got caught up in that and ended up on the ice for goals against.

On whether it’s “frustrating” not knowing yet who they’ll face in the first round:
I think we did our job the other night. We knew coming into today that we were going to play either Nashville or San Jose, and hopefully had enough in the tank to get the other point.

On whether he’ll watch Sunday’s Ducks-Capitals game:
No, I’m not really a Ducks fan. I’m sure there are some here. Some people in here are, but I’m not that crazy for ‘em.

On whether a division title matters:
Obviously, finishing first in your division, number one coming in to tonight, it’s way better to be first, second or third. I think there are 14 teams that would just love to be in our position, and in our division there’s what, four, five, six, seven that would just love to be in that position, too. Just to think that we’ve played 81 games and we’re we’re right there with the team that’s the big favorite and the runaway division winner and all that, so we did a hell of a job just to be right with them.

On whether the team is ready for the playoffs:
We’re waiting for schedule, we’re waiting for opponent, we’re waiting for injuries.

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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.