April 19 practice notes, Darryl Sutter quotes - LA Kings Insider

The Kings held an optional skate at the SAP Center on Tuesday as a handful of skaters, both goaltenders and John Stevens, Davis Payne and Bill Ranford took the ice shortly before 1:00 p.m. Because the practice was optional, no lines were run, and the practice was mostly devoted to getting shots on the goaltenders and tips and second chances from close range. In other words, it was a standard optional practice that you see dozens of times a season. Alec Martinez was not among the players who had skated; as noted yesterday, no stall had been erected for him in the Los Angeles dressing room.

Whereas fans at yesterday’s game received teal shirts adorned with the Sharks’ logo, on Wednesday they’ll receive rally towels. Workers were placing the towels upon every seat in the building during the team’s practice.


More to come shortly from Rob Scuderi and Luke Schenn, but first, here are some Darryl Sutter words of wisdom from this afternoon.

On where Jonathan Quick’s Game 3 performance ranks amongst his all-time games:
Normal. [Reporter: That’s a compliment.] Yeah. I mean, there’s a reason this team has played a lot of playoff games in the last five years. He’s a big reason.

On whether Game 3 was Los Angeles’ most emotionally involved game:

I thought the best game we played was Game 2 by a significant margin. [Reporter: But as far as the emotion of it, being engaged, the after-the-whistle stuff, just that investment.] It’s not good to be engaged after the whistle, because that’s when the guys with the stop signs get involved. It’s not good. You go whistle-to-whistle.

On whether he was nervous heading into overtime:
No, I just remind our players that there’s no shootouts and it’s not three-on-three.

On big players stepping up with big games:
I thought Kopi and Drew and Jonathan were really good players for us last night. I think that’s probably why we won. As I said, I think as a team we were much better in Game 2, but those three guys were much better in Game 3.

On Marian Gaborik “finding his stride”:
Gabby is a really well-conditioned guy. Even with the time off, he worked really hard, so he was ready to jump right back in.

On Tanner Pearson’s evolution as a player and his hockey sense:
He’s got good hockey sense. He’s scored big goals for us this year during the season. He had, what, two or three three-on-three goals for us this year. Hey, we count on him a lot. You know how much he plays for us in four-on-four, penalty killing, power play. He plays a lot for us.

On whether Rob Scuderi is the same player as he was three years ago:

On moving Trevor Lewis back to center, and doing so in recent playoff runs:
Yeah, you know, we were able to move him around lots. I think in the playoffs he’s pretty flexible in terms of you can put him wherever you want. I know the last playoffs we were in he played a lot of center because we had moved Jeff to wing then in the playoffs. Lewie can go in there, and our fourth line, Lewie was probably an 11 or 12-minute guy last night, something like that. I don’t think our fourth line played as a line [other than] maybe four or five shifts.

On whether he was “holding [his] breath” when Milan Lucic took his third period penalty:
I’m not holding my breath. It’s not a penalty that is advisable.

On blocking shots and getting strong penalty killing performances:
You know what? These two teams are closely checked tight, and if you look at it, it’s a power play series. Our power play’s scored what now, every game. Got a shorthanded goal, and their power play really only shows up as one in Game 1, but really it’s two. Drew was just stepping out of the box. They scored two that game, and one in Game 2, the five-on-three goal. So it’s been power plays.

On Joe Thornton’s line scoring early goals two games in a row:
One shift’s not going to beat you. It’s really clear. If one shift beats you, then you’re really not emotionally invested. Hey, they’re good players. Kopi scored right after that on the power play. I’m sure they’re saying, ‘that one shift’s not going to beat us, fellas.’ Good players score big goals.

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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.

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#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.