February 3 postgame quotes: Kuemper, Kempe - LA Kings Insider

Darcy Kuemper, on what he saw from the players in front of him:
Tonight was pretty easy – early on, they were letting me really see it, allowing me to really track the first couple shots, and that just continued all night. I just for the most part sat back and enjoyed watching them and how well we played tonight. Just a dominant team effort, and a lot of guys were rewarded.

Kuemper, on how additional starts have helped his game:
I guess you’re keeping a little more of a rhythm, a little more relaxed at the start of games. Just trying to stay ready the best I can and I appreciate being given the opportunity to get out there a little bit more often.

Kuemper, on the adjustments in his game that Bill Ranford has been impressed with:
At the start of the year, we changed a lot of my post work and behind the net. A lot of technical things that are probably pretty boring, but just how I play in different situations. They’ve allowed me to just go out there and play a comfortable game. He’s been a huge help all year for me.

Kuemper, on the way the team has bounced back after difficult games:
When things kind of go south for us like the last game … guys are eager to get back out there and right the ship. We look at the mistakes and what was causing problems, and everyone’s buying in to change those, and I think that’s why we’ve had such good bounce-back games lately. Now our challenge is just to not have those swings in between.

Adrian Kempe, on bouncing back from recent lopsided losses with strong performances:
I think we had to bounce back since the last game, we really went back and looked at ourselves and thinking of what we could do better, and I think we proved that tonight. I think we played a solid 60 minutes, and that’s something we’ve been looking for the last couple of weeks here. We got 60 minutes today, so that was something to build on.

Kempe, on what went into the team’s forechecking and pressure:
We looked back at our game in Dallas, and I think we had a really good game – we forechecked there as well. I guess Nashville, we really didn’t do the same things that we did in Dallas. I think everybody was willing to pay the proice to win a game today, and I think we did a good job on the forecheck. We created a lot of chances from there. I think that’s the game we want to play – we want to play physical and fast, and we did that.

Kempe, on whether he’s satisfied with reaching 15 goals on the season:
You always want to get more. I think I’ve created some chances the last couple of games. It felt great to score again today, but as long as you create chances, it’s just a matter of time before you score. I felt great today, so hopefully we keep scoring.

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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.