April 11 postgame quotes: John Stevens - LA Kings Insider

On whether the scoring chances generated gives the team confidence for Friday’s game:
I’m not quite sure how to answer that. I thought our guys played hard tonight. I thought we created some opportunities to get some offense, but I think we’ve got to make it a lot tougher on him to see the puck, and once you get into a series, I think you’ve got to find ways to improve. I thought both teams played hard tonight, but I’d like to see us improve in certain areas, and we’re going to have to play harder to get more pucks to the net, and we’re going to have to play a little bit harder in terms of establishing a little bit more zone time. Plays like Brownie going to the net, stopping on top of the blue paint, I know he got penalized for it, but those types of looks are going to create some space off the puck and make it a little tougher for him to see the puck.

On whether it was a “great” defensive effort without Derek Forbort and Jake Muzzin:
Well, I think we’re going to have to be good defensively regardless of who’s in our lineup. It doesn’t change the identity of our hockey team. I think when guys are out – Derek and Muzz have been big pieces of our team here all year – it creates an opportunity for somebody else to come in here and play and take some of those minutes. I thought Oscar’s come in and done a really good job for us. But that’s what we expect him to do, same thing with Paulie. They’re a good offensive team. They create on the rush, they create in the zone, and their power play is dangerous, so we’re going to have to be good defensively to have success in the series

On how the players making their playoff debuts stepped in:
You know, I talked to those five young guys this morning. You’ve just got to understand the intensity of the playoffs goes up, and their intensity has to go up with it. Again, Fantenberg, he’s a little bit older with a little more experience, so I think that boded well for him tonight. I was really impressed with Kempe’s game. I thought he really played hard. I thought he used his speed. I thought he created some separation in the offensive zone, and those young guys, it’s a tough first game, but they’re going to have to take that experience and build on it, and they’re going to have to make improvements, just like we are as a team.

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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.