Game 4 vs. San Diego postgame quotes: Mike Stothers - LA Kings Insider

On breaking through to score three goals against Enroth:
Well, I mean, it was obviously needed. We needed it to prolong the series. He’s played well. Both goalies have played well. It’s been a good series, so here we go. We get ready for Game 5 tomorrow night.

On moving Justin Auger up to the first line and his performance:
You tell me what are the numbers of the lines. [Reporter: Well – ] No, no. You said the first line so what constitutes the first line. [Reporter: Just watching rushes.] So if they start in warm-up and they go first does that mean they’re the first line? [Reporter: Hensick’s been your first line center pretty much all year.] I don’t know, if I was Kempe I’d be pretty pissed off at that statement. If I was Amadio I’d be really pissed off at that statement, so I ain’t biting on that one. So do we want to rephrase that one, Lindsay? [Reporter: What’d you think of Auger’s performance?] I thought he was great. He was terrific, as was everybody. [Reporter: So is it 1A, 1B, 1C or 1D?] We just have 12 forwards, and they all played extremely well tonight. So very proud of the group. That was a very determined effort from everybody, so it was good. And you know what, I mean that’s more indicative of the way we play. We came into it saying I don’t think we’ve played our best hockey yet, so in order to beat a good team like San Diego you’ve got to play your best and your good players have to be good. Auger was real good.

On whether it’s advantageous to play Game 5 the night after the win:
I think so. This five games have been stretched out long enough so you know what, we’ve got to get at it and Stockton and San Jose are playing tomorrow. I don’t know if there’s any advantage to the back-to-back or the layoff. If they’ve got some inured guys, we’ve got some injured guys, maybe a couple of days helps but you know what, I’m kind of anxious now to – let’s get going.

On whether anything was said between the second and third periods:
Nope. What do you want? You already tried me with the motivation and then the Knute Rockne and the Lou Holtz and everything, Tony Robbins… Sometimes you say things, sometimes they listen. Sometimes they say things, sometimes they don’t listen. That’s the beauty of the game.

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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.