December 7 postgame quotes: Doughty, Brown - LA Kings Insider

Drew Doughty, on what has impressed him most about the seven-straight wins:
Tonight wasn’t our best effort that’s for sure. It was probably our worst game over the last seven wins for sure. We just don’t give up whether we’re down, whether we’re up, we’re trying to play the same way and I think we’re doing a great job with that. When we were losing games, we were up and down. When we would score we would get too high and we’re trying to stay level and I think we’re doing a great job of that and that’s why we’re winning.

Doughty, on the team’s confidence late in games:
We have full confidence. Both of our goalies, we have complete confidence in them that they’re going to shut it down in the third and they’ve done a great job of that, of being a good defensive hockey team. And good defense wins championships, I don’t care what you say. And if in third periods, when it comes down to the clutch times, you play good defense and create those turnovers you’re going to get offense out of it. And that’s what we do in the third. We have fun doing it and everyone is responsible for the exact same things.

Doughty, on what he saw on his overtime goal:
I had a 2-on-1. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a 2-on-1 for that long in my career with the puck. But I was kind of looking to pass the entire time and I just decided to throw my toe over it and try to go five-hole on the goal. You know, it wasn’t the prettiest goal, but it went in and we won so whatever.

Doughty, on whether the team has a shooting mentality:
Oh for sure. Yeah, we’re trying to get more pucks to the net. That’s definitely been something that the coaches talk to us about all the time. And we’re doing a good job of that. The key is the first touch to the net and we’re trying to do that and we’re doing a good job of that. You know, you see us score on tips and rebounds like we never used to in the past.

Doughty, on the Senators getting the tying goal late in the third:

Yeah, you know I don’t think we were phased by it to be honest. It didn’t seem like we were phased anyway. 3-on-3 anything can happen. And you can see they kind of came down on us, just a quick turnover, a few people falling and just throw one back the other way. We never once thought we were losing that game. We had full confidence we were going to win it. It’s too bad that we gave up that goal at the end because Kuemper played a great game for us. I wish I could’ve gotten a stick on that and prevented that. But whatever, it happened. We won, that’s it.

Dustin Brown, on the overall play of the team tonight:
I thought we had some really good areas, but I think we have a lot to learn from and a lot to get better at. Gave up a lot of shots. Darcy made some huge saves for us, kept us even. But we found a way to win. I think we played better in the third. The second was not our best period I think, but like I said, you try to learn from everything.

Brown, on missed opportunities in the first period:
I mean you try not to think about missing empty nets. But I mean it happens. We had two empty nets probably and a couple posts and you just keep playing. All that stuff really, whether it’s in the grand scheme of things or within a season, it all really evens out. So you just try to stick to your game plan and work through it.

Brown, on what it means to be first in the division:

It means we’re going to have a target on our back the rest of the year. So we have to learn how to play with that.

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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.