December 9 postgame quotes: Stothers and Mersch - LA Kings Insider

Head coach Mike Stothers, on the game overall:
We lost the game. Spot a team three goals in the first period, it’s not too often you’re going to come back and get the victory. We shouldn’t have spotted them three.

Stothers, on what was said after the first period, down 3-0:
I didn’t say much of anything. I walked in with two rolls of toilet paper and I told them to clean themselves up. [Reporter: Were you happy with the way they responded to that statement?] Again, you’re playing from behind so you can’t expect to come back. It was not a good enough start. So, whatever, you can say, OK, we got a point, we came back. Should have never been to that point. They were one under the limit. They were short a forward. We took tripping penalties right off the start of the game, which means you’re not skating. We got caught from behind, they lifted our sticks, which means you’re not skating. So, OK, glass is half full. We got three out of four points on this trip. Great.

Stothers, on getting ready for a quick turnaround against Charlotte on Saturday:
Just reset, get ready for tomorrow. We’re going to have to be better. I’m sure Charlotte will be ready to go. They’re playing in Bakersfield tonight. We beat them the last time in, a good team. We’re going to have to have a better start.

Michael Mersch, on the slow start:
I guess we just came out flat. They put a good push on us and they were short an extra center. We were hoping to come out and bring it to them a little bit … We didn’t do that and then we had to fight back the rest of the night.

Mersch, on what sparked the comeback:
Power play had good possession. I don’t know how many goals we scored on it but it had good possession all night so built off that.

Mersch, on whether Amadio’s late second period goal was a turning point:
That’s a good point. That might have been the turning point, too, is that goal. It was a good shot on goal, it was a good pass. Yeah, we had some good sustained pressure there and got a change in the offensive zone and Mads was able to put it in the back of the net. It was a good play.

Mersch, on his breakaway goal:
Backs passed me that puck. Paul passed it to Backs and then Backs hit me on the breakaway. We just didn’t have a guy on the ice. I stepped out there and was able to score. It was a good break.

Mersch, on the team’s resiliency:
It’s nice that we were able to come back here but we lost tonight. We gave them an extra point and they’re a good team, our division. It’s tough when you lose close ones like that

Mersch, on what’s next to get ready for Charlotte:
Recover and get back at it and get the win and make it a good weekend.

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Kurtis MacDermid

#56 | 6′ 5″ | 233 lb | Age: 23

Born: March 25, 1994
Birthplace: Sauble Beach, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


MacDermid was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 12, 2012.

Michael Amadio

#52 | 6′ 1″ | 204 lb | Age: 21

Born: May 13, 1996
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Amadio was selected by the Kings in the third round (90th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Lintuniemi

#10 | 6′ 3″ | 214 lb | Age: 21

Born: DOB: 9/23/1995
Position: D


Lintuniemi played in 27 games for the HIFK U18 team in Helsinki at 15-years-old, as well as seven games with the Finland U16 team. He made his professional hockey debut with the Monarchs in 2015, and has since begun playing for the Reign.

Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C


Drafted in 2005 by the Calgary Flames, Sutter was traded to the Reign in 2016. He is the son of LA Kings head couch Darryl Sutter, and the eighth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.