February 16 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On what he saw in the 5-2 loss:
I think we were expecting a little bit of perhaps rust at the start. I don’t think our goaltending was very good tonight. Big saves and bad goals are the difference in most hockey games now. It was certainly evident tonight. We took the two stick penalties early in the first period and they scored on one of ‘em. When we play Phoenix, I’ve said it about the special teams a lot when we play Phoenix. Tonight they had a power play goal early that got ‘em the lead. When you get two, it’s tough.

On whether the third period shorthanded goal against was the “dagger”:
Not really. The third one – you know what? Every time we lose that question always gets asked how Peter played. Well, I’m sure he would like to have three of the four goals back.

On Adrian Kempe:
We all knew he could skate, so he showed that. I think there’s going to have to be a little bit more – what would you call it – purpose or dig in his game in order to succeed at this level.

On what he saw or heard from the officials on the disallowed goal:
He said he lost sight of the puck, blew the whistle. So any time you blow the whistle and you lose sight of the puck, that’s their call. I don’t know really if it changes if, I guess, if it was in the net prior to that.

On whether Kempe will continue to play with Anze Kopitar and Tyler Toffoli:
That’s not a question to be answered tonight.

On whether he saw the team’s third period comeback push as a positive:
We were coming back all the way through there. The third goal was a bad goal against, the fourth goal was just a long shot, shorthanded goal. We were coming back all the way through there. When it was 2-0 going into the third, we still believed we were going to win. Something’s got to hit you there.

On whether he’ll be OK without a bye week next season:
I don’t know what the record coming in, what it actually was – what did it end up being? [Reporter: 3-8-1, now 3-9-1]. So I would’ve rather made the three a four, and then the nine a 10, whatever it is.

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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.