November 4 postgame quotes: John Stevens - LA Kings Insider

On what the team did well to turn the game around:
Obviously at the start of the period there we switched the lines a little bit just to maybe try and give a little different look. I thought those guys came out and really put together a good rush. Ty made a great play on the rush there and just kind of gave us energy, and then we thought their goalie was kind of getting out of the net a little early on those rims. I think he probably learns from Rinne. He’s probably the best in the league at getting out. I think they really rely on the goalies getting out, so Folin made a great play there just turning his hands over, and the power play scored a goal for us. I thought we played good early in the hockey game, but some bad bounces ended up in our net. Quite honestly, that game’s good for us. A little adversity through the course of a hockey game. Things don’t always go the way they’re scheduled to go in a hockey game and you’ve got to deal with some setbacks. It was good that we had to face some adversity, it’s good that we fought back and got a point. I would’ve liked to get two, but at the end of the day, it’s a point that it didn’t look like we were going to get.

On whether it was good to see Alex Iafallo score his first career goal:
Yeah. Everyone’s starting to wonder about his scoring and everything, but I think the process in his case is going to be a lot more important than the outcome. But it’s just a matter of time. He’s got a lot of shots on net, he’s created a lot of opportunity, the puck seems to follow him around. It was a really good play by everybody, and it’s nice to see him get rewarded for his work.

On the types of looks he was hoping to generate by flipping Tyler Toffoli and Dustin Brown:
I just changed it. I mean, we’re down three-nothing. They’ve got a little bit of continuity in terms of their match-ups probably with their D more than their forwards, quite honestly, and just a little bit different look. Ty and Kopi played together lots before. Brownie’s a real power guy who goes to the net. We just flipped the wingers there. It’s not a major change, but it is a little bit of a different look. A little bit of energy, it creates a different look for the other team, and they did a good job – not just them, the other group, too. We had a real good shift from our fourth line in the third period there. Sometimes you just make a change. It wasn’t working at that point, so we figured we’d change it up.

On what concerned him during the first two periods:
We’re down three-nothing. That’s a concern. I thought we had a really good start to the hockey game. Foles falls down on that play on a flip out of the zone. I think 99 times out of 100 he’s fine with that play. They did that a lot tonight. I would’ve liked to see us block a shot on that second goal. I think Muzz was trying to the right thing, but the puck went through his feet. It was kind of a lazy from the top. The third goal is one we’d probably like to have back. I think we can do a lot better job in coverage. I liked a lot of the things we did. I didn’t like the middle part of the second period. It seemed like we played ping pong there. We turned a lot of pucks over, and the way they check in the neutral zone, you’ve got to get in and forecheck, and I think once we got back to business, we allowed ourselves to climb back into the hockey game.

On whether Darcy Kuemper’s record versus Nashville was a primary reason he started in goal:
Well, he’s played well for us. Our goalies have been saving our rear ends a few times this year, and they’ve given us a chance to win every night. Darcy got behind there, but I think he made some big saves once it got to be three-nothing that kept it three-nothing. But we looked at the schedule, we looked at past records with Nashville. Big week next week. Trying to manage the rest that’ll work for Jonny and take advantage of how well Darcy’s played.

On whether it’s “shocking” when the team loses in overtime:
Losing sucks, to be honest with you. There’s no other way to say it. You want to get two points. That’s a regulation win, too, which you don’t like to see get away on you. I guess at the end of the day you can be happy with the point because it didn’t look like we were going to get one, but I flat out don’t like losing. Overtime or regulation, it’s not much fun.

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

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.