January 26 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On winning the final game before the All-Star Break:
Both teams – similar to the game out there, the 3-1 game that they scored a shorty and a breakaway goal, and we had some shorthanded great opportunities tonight, and our penalty was really good.

On Carolina being shut out for the first time this season:
I wouldn’t be aware of that. [Reporter: But what did you guys do so well defensively?] Two good defensive teams and two good checking teams. I don’t think we did anything special that we don’t do any other night.

On whether it helps being a more veteran team in low-scoring, tight road games:
I think that our young defensemen – McNabb and Forbort and Gravel are three pretty young guys on the back end. You need your goaltender to make some saves. That, at the end of the day, is the difference in most games or just about every game. Big saves and bad goals.

On a Drew Doughty assertion that the team had been outplayed for the first two periods:
Yeah, I didn’t feel that. I think when you’re finishing a trip you need four lines, six defensemen, you need your goalie to not be great, just study the play down. I think Drew’s probably not giving himself enough credit because he was a pretty good player tonight.

On any different mentality for the fourth game in six nights:
I think we do that a lot, Jon. It’s not really anything new. [Reporter: But is there any sort of different checklist or focus when you have that type of a four-in-six game, especially on the road against a team that’s played so well at home?] Four in six is four in six on the road. It’s difficult. I mean, you look tired. [Reporter: I haven’t slept well on this trip.] You’ve been with family having fun.

On whether Peter Budaj has surprised him this season:
Peter’s played as well as he can, and the further we go into it, we need two goalies. We need two goalies with good records.

On his plans for the All-Star Break:
I’m going to enjoy cheering Drew and Jeff on.

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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.