January 24 postgame quotes: John Stevens - LA Kings Insider

On 27 blocked shots representing the collective effort:
I was just going over the numbers, and that was my favorite number in there. It’s something we’ve talked about. It’s a reflection of the commitment to keep the puck out of your net. Every puck that doesn’t get there doesn’t have a chance to go in. Folin had eight himself and Marty had five, and that’s a big part of the PK. That power play’s been pretty good lately, so I thought it made a real difference. I think there are indicators out there – faceoff we talked about, but certainly blocked shots is one of them.

On Darcy Kuemper’s performance:
I thought he was excellent. He had a lot of composure in there. It’s a big help handling pucks. He was able to find pucks through traffic, and even in the second period they had some mid-zone deflections that are difficult that he fought off, so it was a really solid effort from Kuemps. We’ve come to expect it from him.

On whether it was good to see Tanner Pearson score the overtime game-winner:
It was good. Billy gives us a scouting report and is trying to get the guys – I mean, [Mike Smith’s] so good, he plays deep in his net. He’s so good up high. But, they’ve got some dangerous players there – Gaudreau and Monahan and the likes. They’ve got some defensemen that can really skate. I think anytime you get to overtime with Calgary, they’ve been a lot like us where they’ve had a lot of success in that situation. At the end of the day, you don’t like giving up a point, but we needed two, and we’ll take the two and leave one behind.

On whether Matthew Tkachuk brings out the best in Drew Doughty:
I think he brings out the best and the worst in him sometimes, but Drew’s a great competitor, and Tkachuk is, too. He plays hard and he’s an effective guy, and I think it’s just important to understand that you can get your passion ramped up, but you’ve still got to find that line of discipline.

On how long Nick Shore could be sidelined:
I don’t think it’s long term, but we’ll know more – with his situation, every day that goes by, you have a better indication of what the timeline is. But I don’t think it’s long-term. [Reporter: Day-to-day?] I would say it’s day-to-day before it’s week-to-week, yeah.

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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.