March 15 postgame quotes: Detroit - LA Kings Insider

Jeff Blashill, on how he thought Jared Coreau played:
I thought Jared played good. I thought our team played good in front of him. You know, I thought we played extremely good defensively. I mean it was a tight, tight checking game. It was hard to get offense. Both teams blocked tons of shots. Both teams had stick on puck. I thought Jared did a good job, made saves when you needed to. I thought Quick made saves when you needed to. And unfortunately we come up on the short end of that. I mean our kill had done a great job on that kill and it goes up, hits the goalie in the back of the net, and goes in. So it’s unfortunate.

Blashill, on playing like a team that’s still in playoff contention:
We’ve got lots of character in our room, there’s no question of that. We fought our tails off for a long time here, haven’t had results. That’s a hard thing. Our guys keep coming and playing. I think that speaks to the leadership in this room.

Henrik Zetterberg, on Kopitar’s goal:
Yeah, even the first goal from the blue line there also, but you won’t get a lot of chances against a team like this. They play really very solid defensively. Clog up the neutral zone, but they don’t create that much either. So it’s especially tough too, when they get goals like they got today even though we were battling back and got that tying goal on the power play. So that second one is a tough one.

Zetterberg, on Coreau’s performance:
He played well. I don’t know, the middle of the game I think was ten shots each so you don’t get a lot of action as a goalie, but when they get some chances they have some skilled players on their team.

Zetterberg, on the scrappiness of Tyler Bertuzzi:
Yeah, awesome. I think he’s been one of our best players since he got the opportunity to play a little bit more and he will have a long future here.

Jared Coreau, on how he thought he played:

There was some good things, some bad things, you know, some things you learn from. Ultimately we just didn’t get the win.

Coreau, on Kopitar’s goal being “flukey”:
Yeah, it just went off our guy, their guy, back of the net, rolled up and hit me in the back.

Coreau, on not being able to find a way to win:
You know, we had our chances in front, we just–I think some puck luck will help. Not much else to say.

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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.