February 22 Postgame Quotes: Kopitar, Muzzin - LA Kings Insider

Anze Kopitar, on if the team didn’t have its legs in the second and third periods:
I think our legs were there. We just didn’t manage the puck for whatever reason. Obviously in the second period we spent a lot of time in our own zone. It’s tough to defend all the time. (Quick) was really, really good in the second period and made some huge stops. We just didn’t create enough or spend nearly enough time in their zone as we needed to.

Kopitar, on what Dallas did well in the game:
I mean, they were playing hard and they were moving the puck well so they played in our zone a lot of times.

Jake Muzzin, on what he thought of the game:
We’ve got to score some goals. We created some chances. I think we got a little cute in the second. Our puck management wasn’t that great and allowed them to get momentum and get some opportunities and I think if we managed the puck a little better in our zone, we eliminate a lot of those chances against and in the end of it eliminate their momentum in the game. I thought we did a lot of good things. Our start was good. Coming off the road it’s always tough to, after a long road-trip like that is one day off and right back into it. I thought our start to the game was good but yeah, that’s about it.

Muzzin, on if the team had its legs in the second and third periods:
We played a lot of the period in our own zone, so it’s tiring and that’s our puck management, what I was talking about earlier. We allowed them to play in our zone. It’s hard work playing in your zone. It’s more fun playing in the other zone.

Muzzin, on if Dallas plays “like a previous version of yourselves:”
There’s not a lot of room out there. Tight checking everywhere. We can’t get frustrated in those tight games. We’ve got to stay with it and dig a little deeper. We came up a little short.

Muzzin, on Tobias Rieder adding a speed element:
Oh yeah, that was nice. It’s nice on our team as opposed to coming against us because you saw some flashes tonight where he takes off and he’s fast.

Lead photo via Adam Pantozzi/NHLI 

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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.