November 16 postgame quotes: Muzzin, Jokinen - LA Kings Insider

Jake Muzzin, on whether the team competed well with good physicality but struggled to execute:
I definitely think we’re physical and the compete was there, but I think we’ve got to work a little smarter. There are certain times where we’re not checking the right way or not being as efficient with the puck as we should.

Muzzin, on whether the challenges on Thursday were similar to those in recent games:
I mean, one game we get blown out. We gave up two leads. We don’t score enough tonight. It all starts with checking and competing. We’ve had good starts. We’ve let ‘em slip. We’ve started poorly and battled back. I think the big focus for us is to come out with that urgency and that desperation for a full 60. There are times where we control the game and take over, and a mental error here and there and we give up a goal, so we’ve got to be sharp for 60.

Muzzin, on how to work the kinks out of the team’s game:
I think the importance of every shift and every puck battle. We get a lead, we can’t start trying to do too much or trying to be fancy. We’ve got to stick with our program, our process that we have set and we need that for a full 60. We can’t be on and off. [Reporter: Were you close to that program in the third period?] Yeah, we were buzzing a little bit. Creating opportunities, we had guys going to the net. Pucks getting there. We’ve just got to capitalize on those opportunities.

Muzzin, on whether he was happy with the defensive performance:
Like I was talking about, we’ve got to execute better. We got chances to score, we don’t score. We can be a little cleaner coming through the neutral zone, give our rush game a little bit more opportunity. That’s about it.

Jussi Jokinen, on where his comfort level was at in his first game:
Yeah, I felt good. Some good players there on the power play. I think they were able to generate some chances, got one goal there on the power play. But at the same time, I think the power play can still be better, and myself, too, like, some plays, I made good plays, but some plays I needed to execute better.

Jokinen, on his penalty in the final two minutes:

Yeah, that’s one of the plays I need to execute better. Our D made a good play to me in the middle, but I just kind of overhandled the puck. I needed to get a shot or get it deep and we’ve got to be better, myself included.

Jokinen, on whether he’s here to provide a “jolt” to the team:
Yeah, I think so. I think I can help the team and just play my game, and there’s a great group of guys who care, who have really good leaders, so practice tomorrow, and we’ve lost four in a row, so we’ve got to find a way to win a game on Saturday.

Jokinen, on where things went wrong on Thursday:
It’s just little things. Every game is so close in this league. One-goal games. I think every play matters, so we have to just find a way to earn those bounces to go our way.

-Lead photo via Harry How/Getty

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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.