February 25 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the impact of Jonathan Quick’s return:
Yeah, I think it was exciting for everybody – players, coaches, fans – so it was fun to see. [Reporter: It looked like he didn’t even miss a beat out there.] That was Jonathan.

On the “feistiness” in the game:
He’s probably an emotional leader in a lot of ways for our hockey club. It’s good to have him back in the room.

On top players producing in the third period:
It’s the only way we’re going to make the playoffs. Those guys held scoreless or shut down or outplayed by the other team’s top guys, we won’t make the playoffs. They have to. That’s real. [Reporter: And they came through in the third period when you needed them most.] Yeah. Tonight’s game, if you look at the last two games we played at home, what’s the difference going into the third? Score a big goal, that’s it. Nothing to do with anything else other than that.

On whether he has spoken with Jonathan Quick about his workload:
I think you really have to still manage it. You’re talking about a guy who hasn’t played in four and a half months. You’re not going to fatigue him or anything like that. And at the other side of it, Peter Budaj’s given us a lot of quality starts this year, and if you look at it, we were fortunate to still be in a playoff race. If it wasn’t for him with 27 wins in 58 or [59] starts, whatever he’s got, that hasn’t been a problem for us. The problem has been the other guy starting. Coming into tonight we only had one win out of another starter, so this is our second one tonight.

On becoming the franchise’s all-time wins leader:
I think if we put in playoff games, Jon, I’m sure it was way before tonight.

On whether he has to tell Jeff Carter not to fight:
No. Why? That’s a really dumb question. It’s a really physical game, and when you’re talking about guys that play each other lots, whether it’s Getzlaf and Kopitar or Kesler and Carter, that’s way better that somebody like Helene recognizes that Jonathan Quick’s an emotional leader than people understand the game who understand that Jeff Carter’s an emotional leader, too. We’re not playing – what do you guys play? Badminton? If I thought it was badminton I’d tell Jeff not to fight Kesler, but in hockey we’d say it might happen once in a while.

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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.