December 28 postgame quotes: Tanner Pearson - LA Kings Insider

Tanner Pearson, on whether the Kings’ weren’t getting bounces or if it was something else:
I think letting that power play goal in for the first two minutes, three minutes there. You never want to start on the road that quick behind the 8-ball, then they got the 2nd one. We just couldn’t bury that 2nd one at the end of the game.

Pearson, on whether the Kings’ “deserved” a 2nd goal after out-shooting the Oilers 37-20:
Yeah, I mean, I think we peppered ’em pretty good and you know, just maybe not capitalizing on the second opportunities. I think the puck’s were there, just not getting that one to go in.

Pearson, on whether the start was frustrating:
Yeah you know, I think they’re a pretty good home team. I think every team kind of prides themselves on being good at home, you’ve got to expect that going on the road. Tonight they came out ready to go and we just got behind the 8-ball pretty quick.

Pearson, on the team struggling to find their groove after long breaks:
Yeah maybe, I think maybe a bit of both. I think, like you said, yeah, when you look at our breaks we’ve had and after the two, three days off and play that game we come out slow and it comes to bite us in the butt at the end of the game. I mean, it’s something to definitely look at for sure, but the good thing is we get a bounce-back tomorrow night and get right back at her.

Pearson, on whether he felt he was “due” for a goal:
Yeah, it’s been a while. I think you put a lot of pressure on yourself to produce and getting looks, especially the past handful of games, I thought I’ve been getting my looks and it’s a goal like that that goes off the stick and then flutters over top that, that’s the one to break it.

Pearson, on the Kings being one goal away from getting at least one point:
Yeah I think even if you’re down one on the road at the end of the first period, it’s not the end of the world. We just weren’t able to tie it up and to get down two we weren’t able to come all the way back.

Pearson, on Drew Doughty’s shot late in the game that could have tied it up:
Yeah that’s what he said. He was saying that it was one slapper from the point that just missed and after the game Drew puts a lot of pressure on himself to hit the net in those situations and, you know, maybe if he did it’s in the net and it’s a different hockey game right now, so just kind of one of those things.

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#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


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#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


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#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
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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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Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


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Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
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Handedness: Left


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