October 24 postgame quotes: Kempe, Kuemper - LA Kings Insider

Adrian Kempe, on whether his shootout move was one of his go-tos:
I’ve got a couple different ones, but if I keep scoring on that one, obviously it’s going to be my first move. But sometimes you’ve got to read the goalie and know what he’s good at too. So I mean it worked today. I was happy with that.

Kempe, his third-period goal:
Yeah, I mean he (Mike Condon) had the puck and I was going to choose between both sides there and I heard the d-man calling for it so I tried to go over there and he gave it to my tape there. So I tried to take it to the net and the five-hole was open so I just tried to put it between his legs there.

Kempe, on skating with Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson on the second line:
I think we created some good chances. We had some really good plays. We definitely should have probably buried one or two out there. I like to play with them. They’re really good skaters as well and they were playing the game very well. I just tried to play my game and create opportunities for them. We had a couple opportunities that we maybe should have scored on but I think overall we had a pretty good game.

Kempe, on playing back-to-back after losing yesterday:
I mean, that’s really big. Obviously we weren’t happy with the result we had yesterday so we just wanted to try to bounce back today and I think we played a good game and we got the result we wanted to.

Kempe, on whether confidence is a part of his game:
I’m just trying to play my game and play the way the team plays and I get more confidence after every game. So I mean, that’s good for me and just try to skate as much as possible and try to create opportunities for my linemates and play the way the other guys want to.

Kempe, on his interpretation of what “Kings-style hockey” is:
We want to play fast. We want to be a faster team than we’ve been before. And we’re known for playing a physical game and we want to have the puck and put bodies in front of the net and put as many pucks as possible in there. And I think that’s what we’ve been doing this year so far, so I’m happy with the way we’re playing right now.

Darcy Kuemper, on his performance:
I just tried to go out there and play within the structure that Billy’s given me. The guys played great in front of me, and I just tried to do my part. It was nice that the whole team got rewarded tonight.

Kuemper, on the first goal he allowed:
Yeah, it dipped a couple of feet on me. It kind of sucks when something like that happens early in the game and all of a sudden they got one but you’ve just got to stick with it.

Kuemper, on finding a way to win:
I thought we played great all game. I thought we generated a lot and weren’t really getting rewarded, so it was nice to catch a break at the end for the tying goal. Just a gritty win, back-to-back win, sticking with it right down to the end.

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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.