November 28 postgame quotes: John Stevens - LA Kings Insider

On how good the team can be when it plays the way it did in the second half of the game:
Well, we’re just like everybody else, right? We’re trying to find ways to win hockey games, but, again, I think when we’re a good team, we’ve gotten some quality minutes out of everybody – three pairs and four lines. I thought our goalie was really good in parts of that game in key, critical moments where he made some big saves that kept the game even. He really gave the team some confidence in those situations. We don’t know how good we are. We’ve got lots of work to do, but it’s nice to see us come on the road and kind of stick with it and get a huge goal at the end of the period there, which I thought was a real turning point for us, and then really played well in the third.

On whether the team could feel the momentum of Jonathan Quick’s saves from the bench:
If you mistake and get scored on, especially if a young player makes a mistake, it can really magnify what just happened out there. But if we can make a mistake, get a big save and just kind of correct things because your goalie made a great save, I think it’s a little easier to move on. Sometimes that puck goes in your net, and now it’s a big deficit, but he’s a bit of a calming effect back there, and I thought he was tonight. Again, some goalies are really good goalies, but to make key saves at key times, he’s as good as there is.

On why Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown have rebounded statistically:
I think they’ve always been – the history tells you the first Cup we won they were phenomenal together. I think Brownie’s really defined his game again. I think he knows what makes him a good player again. I know Kopi loves playing with him. They’re really good friends. They want a lot of responsibility, so I think when they’re both playing the way they’re supposed to, Brownie plays the elements that he brings and Kopi’s Kopi. They have really good chemistry together, they complement each other well, and Alex has been a good fit there. But [Gaby’s] kind of been filling in on the power play now, … but I think those two guys have always had chemistry when they play the game to their identity.

On whether he liked Drew Doughty’s game:
I did. I thought Drew was kind of like Jonny. There were some critical times in the game where he got hemmed in our zone and he’s just a patient guy that kills plays and makes plays at key times in the hockey game. I thought he was a difference-maker tonight.

On the impact the team leaders had in the win:
I thought it was a good team effort, but certainly Kopi, Brownie, Drew, Quickie – those are the guiys that we lean on. But I really credit the team. I thought it was a solid team effort. Nic Dowd came in and gave us a really good game. I thought that line gave us some quality minutes. I thought it was a solid team effort.

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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.