April 16 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On generating offense and scoring only one even strength goal in the series:
I think tonight was much better than the first game generating offense, meaning for the most of you, the meaning would be scoring. We only scored once tonight.

On whether the “little things” have to be cleaned up:
Well, they scored on their first shot. It’s a game of little mistakes. I think there was a little mistake there, but that really didn’t deter us much. I think you have to look more at – Pavelski scored that goal? I think their line’s been – how many goals have they scored in the series? What is it, four and two, six? That line’s been on five goals, counting power plays. So I would say that would be the difference in the series right now, would be the Pavelski line. No question.

On Marian Gaborik:
I thought after being off nine weeks, nine and a half weeks, I thought he played really well. I thought those guys who went in, I thought McBain was our best defenseman, and I thought Gabby was our best winger.

On Anze Kopitar’s game:
Those guys aren’t getting enough. You talk about the offense, but when you talk about sawing off, once you break it down, I don’t think you’re getting enough in terms of not really possession, but for sure not enough shots out of those guys, for sure. I think without even looking that would be the case.

On whether the line adjustments were due to trying to generate offense or find different looks:
No, not at all. I think Gabby hadn’t played in nine and a half weeks, and we were playing him on left wing and right wing, and he’s taking little shorter shifts, so you’ve got to move guys around a little bit. Nothing more than that.

On whether he’s surprised by Martin Jones’ performance:
He comes from a good program. I mean, jeez, they got 98 points or whatever. He played most of the games for ‘em, so I don’t think anybody’s surprised by him. [Reporter: I’m sure you’d like to make his life a little more difficult, though, in terms of net presence.] I think our net presence was good. There were several great opportunities by our top players that he couldn’t see the puck and he didn’t have to stop it. I can think four of five, just quick when you asked that … Hey, he didn’t see ‘em and he didn’t know where they went, but they weren’t on the net.

On the challenge of climbing out of a two-nothing hole:
Just think, if you can cut it in half, it’s two-one. It’s not that hard to figure out.

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#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.

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#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.

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Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


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