March 24 postgame quotes: Mersch and Shore - LA Kings Insider

Michael Mersch, on working through not scoring in the first to capitalizing early in the second:
I think you notice when we won the last two games at home we outshot the other team. When we grind away and play in the offensive zone success is gonna come.

Mersch, on how hard it was to be shorthanded seven times with key killers like Auger out:
Augs blocks shots like no other. I think that’s how he got hurt, I don’t know. But Schills made a good block at the end of the game. All that stuff plays into each other. Penalties are going to happen. Situational, depending on the refs each night. Each refs are different. Yeah, you’d like to have those two that they scored back.

Mersch, on how much emphasis going in was put on scoring the game’s first goal:
Yeah, that was said. Try to focus on getting the game’s first goal. We’d like to have put ’em away on the power play there in the third period. That’s somewhere where we can focus on getting better at. We’ve got a good power play, we’ve got some guys that can do that so we expect to do that.

Mersch, on his shorthanded game-winner and what he saw on the 2-on-1:
I think about it before the game, where I’m going to go if I get a 2-on-1, depending on which side. Don’t want to give up too much because you never know who’s going to read it.

Quentin Shore, on working through not scoring in the first to capitalizing early in the second:
I think it’s just something we’ve got to talk as a group and stick to our game if we do that. We were getting good chances, they’re not going in, that will happen for twenty minutes. If you stick with your process you’re going to hope good things will happen. [Reporter: Was that the message between periods?] Yeah. Just stick with how we were playing and hopefully pucks will start going in the net.

Shore, on scoring his first AHL goal and how the play developed:
That’s a nice one to get. A little weight off your shoulders. I think it was a great play by Ciampini. Threw a nice sauce pass to the point and Lintuniemi with just a really good shot. Was easy for me to tip and I was just lucky enough it got past the goalie.

Shore, on the difficulties the team faces when having to kill so many penalties:
I think our penalty killers did a great job tonight but we don’t want them working that hard. We probably want to take a few less penalties and hopefully we can do that tomorrow so they don’t have to be overworked. [Reporter: A lot of work for them tonight.] Yeah, they did a great job. It was a lot of work for them and they handled it really well.

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Kevin Gravel

#4 | 6′ 4″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 2/17/1996
Birthplace: KINGSFORD, MI
Position: D


Gravel made his NHL debut with Los Angeles in the 2015-16 season, skating with the Kings for four games before returning to AHL affiliate Ontario.

Rob Scuderi

#0 | 6′ 1″ | 212 lb | Age: 37

Born: DOB: 12/30/1978
Birthplace: SYOSSET, NY
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Scuderi is currently playing for the Reign while under contract with the LA Kings. He has won two Stanley Cups, once with the Pittsburgh Penguins and with the Kings.

Michael Mersch

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 225 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 10/2/1992
Birthplace: PARK RIDGE, IL
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Drafted by the Kings in 2011, Mersch is currently playing forward for the Reign. Last season, he drew into his first NHL game for the Kings, where he registered 2 shots and 3 hits.

Michael Latta

#24 | 6′ 0″ | 207 lb | Age: 25

Born: 5/25/1991
Birthplace: KITCHENER, ON
Position: F
Handedness: Right


Prior to turning professional, Latta played major junior hockey in the OHL with the Ottawa 67’s and Guelph Storm. He was drafted into the NHL in 2009 and joined the King’s affiliate Reign in 2016.

Adrian Kempe

#09 | 6′ 1″ | 187 lb | Age: 20

Born: 9/13/1996
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Growing up in Swedan, Kempe made his hockey debut in 2014 in the Swedish Hockey League. He has since been drafted by the Kings, where he is playing for their AHL affiliate team, the Ontario Reign.

Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C


Drafted in 2005 by the Calgary Flames, Sutter was traded to the Reign in 2016. He is the son of LA Kings head couch Darryl Sutter, and the eighth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.