March 4 postgame quotes: Kopitar, Bishop - LA Kings Insider

Anze Kopitar, on the loss:
On the score sheet we may be close, but really, the first two periods, it was nowhere near close to our game, and nowhere near close to being good enough. It’s disappointing. We’re going to have to regroup for next week.

Kopitar, on the bad bounces, as well as unfortunate decisions:
Yeah, I mean, the first two periods there were odd-man rushes against more often than not almost. That’s definitely not the way we want to play and the way we should play in order to win. Obviously we’ve got to take a look at that and definitely get better.

Kopitar, on Adrian Kempe’s performance:
I think he was moving really well. He was carrying the puck up the ice and really playing to his strengths, which is skate and make plays, and I thought he did a good job tonight.

Kopitar, on the long break before the next game:
Well, it’s kind of like a sweet-sour thing. Yeah, you’d like to get back at it tomorrow and obviously correct what we didn’t do, but at the same time, I think now, what have we got? 17 left? 18? I’m not exactly sure, but we’ll take these four days to prepare ourself obviously for the final stretch.

Ben Bishop, on the strange bounces in the loss:
It’s tough when you get two unlucky bounces off your own guys, and then guys fought back there. It was just too little too late there, but obviously if those two don’t go in, it could be a three-two game for us.

Bishop, on whether he gained confidence that the team could complete the comeback:
I think even after the second period, nobody had any doubts in here. We still felt comfortable. Obviously it could’ve been a two-one game after that second period, so it wasn’t like we were playing terrible, just a couple turnovers here and there with odd-man rushes. Guys fought back and obviously it was a little too little too late there at the end, but the guys fought hard to come back.

Bishop, on what goes through his mind after some of the unfortunate bounces:
It’s a long season. There are a lot of bounces. Sometimes they don’t go your way. Tonight obviously was that way, but law of averages. Sometimes they go your way, sometimes they don’t. Tonight obviously they weren’t on our side. It’s unfortunate because you want to win at home on a Saturday night. It’s unfortunate. We’ve just got to turn the page and get ready for the next game.

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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.