April 15 postgame quotes: Vegas - LA Kings Insider

Gerard Gallant, on tonight’s game:
L.A. came out and they played a great game tonight. The first period they took it to us physically, and we weathered the storm.Got behind 1-0, but I thought we kept coming back and kept playing better as the game went on, and in the third period we were fortunate to get that typing goal and that was a big goal for us.

Marc-Andre Fleury, on the team’s will to win:
It’s been great and it’s been fun to watch, you know? Tonight wasn’t easy. We had a lot of—they scored first and we had a lot of penalties tonight. We had a lot of guys battle hard until the end again, know that they were coming and the guys did a great job to keep the puck out.

Fleury, on the physicality of tonight’s game:
Yeah, it’s been big. You know, like I said, we got a few penalties tonight, but it’s good though. I thought everybody stuck with the game plan and stuck with it and we didn’t get into trouble in the third and played our game and it paid off.

Fleury, on whether the team will enjoy tonight’s win:

Yeah, sure. It’s a good feeling. Every time you can win in a playoff game, those games are always so hard to win and hard-fought. And we get just to relax tonight and enjoy it and tomorrow turn the page and get ready for game four.

David Perron, on what allowed Vegas to come back in the third period:
I mean again we’re down one-nothing and we’re trying to find that big play to get the team going. We found that big goal. I feel like it really pushed them back and got the emotion and I don’t know if they felt like we were just going to hang on and push it to overtime, but our guys have done a good job all year of keep pushing the pace and even getting that third goal which ended up being the difference and was huge for us.

Perron, on whether he ever thought they would have the chance to sweep the Kings:
Eh probably not, to be honest. But it’s a huge chance for us and at the end of the day it’s a seven game series for a reason and we’re not going to count them dead until it’s actually last buzzer of the fourth game that we win and I mean we’ll go from there. I mean they’re going to really give it their all and they’ve got a really good team over there and you see us 3-1 and we think we’re running away with the game and they score a goal and they make it a game again, so did a good job.

William Karlsson, on Fleury’s performance in the final minutes of the game:
Again, he was very good. He’s been very good the first two games too so he bails us out sometimes and it’s really good to see in a goalie.

Karlsson, on whether he knew the puck was coming before he scored:
Well when you play with Reilly Smith you kind of have to know that the puck might come there, so just have to be ready.

Karlsson, on whether he sensed the momentum shifting in the third period:
Yeah a little, I mean especially after the first goal. I think the momentum really swung away. After that we kind of felt that this was our game and I’m glad we got away with the lead there.

Karlsson, on the Kings having come back from a 3-0 deficit before:
We’re not happy until we’ve beat them a fourth time. Like you said, they have a history of coming back. They have great players and a leader of Anze Kopitar so it’s going to be tough. We’ve got to stay very focused.

Karlsson, on finding a way to win:

I don’t know if there’s a magic spell, but if you continue to keep grinding and trying and trying, it’s bound to go in. And, like I said earlier, when we got the first one I think the whole team felt that we were going to win this.

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.