October 7 postgame quotes: John Stevens - LA Kings Insider

On the power play and offensive rhythm:
…(joined in progress)… The power play, quite honestly, could’ve been rewarded more. They created some really good looks and the puck movement was really good. I thought maybe a little bit sloppy in the third period there, but there were times in the game it was really encouraging.

On having a strong first period:
Well, it was important to get off to a good start in this building. You get behind in this building, it’s an uphill battle. San Jose, we knew they’d be ready because they lost the first game at home and had a couple days to prepare, so I was really pleased with the effort of guys coming in and making sure we were ready to go. I thought we created a lot and didn’t give up much, and that was a scenario for a good start.

On adjustments the team made between the first two games of the season:
I just think we took a step. I thought the Kopitar line and Kopi himself was a dominant player tonight. I think our back end continues to be solid for us. Just thought we played faster with the puck, and I thought we did a good job of really playing fast without the puck. We got on top of the rush, we didn’t allow numbers coming at us. That was the big thing – we really limited their ability to make you chase them from behind, and it led to a lot of opportunity going the other way.

On Quick only being beaten once, on a deflection:

Well, that’s vintage San Jose, right? Get the puck turned over on a forecheck, low to high, get people to the net and get sticks on pucks. They’re a dangerous team, but obviously nothing you can do there. I thought Jonny, again, his leadership was solid tonight. He’s not only a good goalie, but he got out and handled a lot of pucks. He steered pucks away, got whistled, and just was a calming force back there whenever they did get some momentum, so it was good to see.

-Lead photo via Don Smith/NHLI

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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.