November 9 postgame quotes: Kopitar, Fantenberg - LA Kings Insider

Anze Kopitar, on first period challenges:
I think we actually had a pretty good start and then the wheels kind of came off for a little bit there. We gave up four quick ones. Against a team like that, you know you can’t outscore them because they have a lot of fire power. Obviously when you’re down 4-0, it’s a steep hill to climb, but we kind of stuck to it. I think we got our game back in the second and the third periods, but it was obviously too late.”

Kopitar, on what could be improved:
Well, obviously we’ll look at some video and address some things, but you can’t run-and-gun, especially not with a team like that. It’s certainly not our system, we just need to check a little bit better and not give them all of the opportunities that they had because [Jonathan] Quick made some really good stops. It could have been a lot higher than it actually was”

Kopitar, on whether Tampa Bay was faster live than what they had seen in video:
I mean, we just didn’t play very well. Whether that’s a result of them being fast, or just we didn’t have it, yeah, that first period seemed like we were a step behind all the time and that’s what happens. But you know, in the second when we really put our mind to it, obviously it was too late, but we were playing our game and it turned out to be successful. And we won the second period, but it was a little too late.

Oscar Fantenberg, on the biggest challenge in the game:
They’re a good team. Good speed on the fourth line. But we come in with a bad start. And it’s a big mountain to climb if you start up four nothing. We have to be better. We have to know how to handle it. It was tough, but we came to play better as a team too.

Fantenberg, on what led to the bad start:
I don’t know what exactly what it is. We just backed off, we gave them a little too much space too much time and they took it, the time and space that they got. We have to just be better on the forecheck and better on defensive zone coverage too.

Fantenberg, on his first NHL goal:

Obviously it was a dream come true. But I’d rather take the two points than a goal. It’s always nice to get a goal and start off there. Hopefully I get more coming up.

Fantenberg, on how he saw his goal develop:
I tried just to jump in the game. Tried to be as much involved as possible. And I got a pass from Brownie before and didn’t handle too well so had to give it back to him. So just tried to be behind the forward, let Brownie sneak around, and got the puck and it went in.

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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.