December 2 Rapid Reaction: Ducks 4, Kings 2 - LA Kings Insider

Postgame Quotes

Todd McLellan, on the “fight” shown in the loss:
Well, the ‘fight’ is the end part, and picking ourselves off the mat. Disappointed in the start, and it’s been that way on the road for a little while. We reflect back to the games where we won on the road, we came out swinging. We were a very aggressive team. It seems to me like we don’t bring the same energy on the road as we do at home. We take a lot of jabs, we get knocked down, we slowly pick ourselves off the mat and then it’s too late, and you can’t play that way. So, we’ve got some things that we need to address and to adjust to. I don’t know why it’s happening, but we certainly have to look at it. Now, the second part, as you mentioned, picking ourselves up and competing to the end is great, but we can’t do that for 41 games on the road, so we’ve got some issues we need to fix, and we will.

McLellan, on Nikolai Prokhorkin scoring after getting moved up the lineup:
I think you answered the question. Some good shifts, he got moved up, scored a great goal, had an impact on the game. Approached it like he wanted to move up in the game. We still had some guys at the end of the night that didn’t have a big impact, and they’re guys that we count on, and I understand there are some off-nights, but we’ve got to get more guys having on-nights when it comes to road games.

McLellan, on the benefit of having “such good goaltending”:
It helped us a lot. We had some really goaltending, and at the other end of the rink, I thought they had pretty good goaltending. I thought both teams’ fourth lines played really well, I felt both teams’ goaltenders played really well. That was a factor in the game. We were just one short when it comes to that.

McLellan, on anything underlying in a game in which thre fourth lines combined for three goals:
No, just grind it out and strong in the paint from both ends. Nothing special, but that’s usually the recipe for those players, and they played to what works for them.

Kyle Clifford, on the team’s challenges at the start of the game:
I think that’s probably why we lost the game, was our start. To win one on the road, you need a good start. Home teams like playing at their own building and they come out strong. So obviously we’ve got to play a little better in the beginning and I think that’s going to build momentum throughout the game.

Clifford, on the team settling down after the first period:
We focused in on three or four things that we wanted to be really good at tonight, and as the game went on we got better at that and we started winning those battles.

Clifford, on the forecheck getting the team into the game in the second period:
When everybody’s on the same page it’s amazing how successful it can be. One-on-one battles, getting pucks first, second-man support, it’s kind of a five-man unit out there.

Postgame Video

Postgame Notes

— With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 63-53-26 all-time against Anaheim, a record that includes a road mark of 25-32-15. The Kings are 4-5-2 in their last 11 road games of the series, with Monday’s game representing the third game of the span to be decided by more than one goal. Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Ducks have scored 123 goals to the Kings’ 109 (shootout goals excluded) in 47 games. In that time span, the two teams have posted 20-19-8 (Los Angeles) and 27-13-7 (Anaheim) regular season records. These teams have four games remaining: February 1 and March 14 at Staples Center and December 12 and April 3 at Honda Center.

— With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 9-11-1 against the Western Conference, 4-8-1 against the Pacific Division, 1-4 in two-goal games, 2-12-1 when their opponent scores first, 0-11-1 when trailing after one period, 0-13-1 when trailing after two periods and 9-12-1 when outshooting their opponent.

— Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Kings have scored 107 goals and the Ducks 119 (shootout goals excluded) in 46 games. In that time span, the two teams have posted 20-18-8 (Los Angeles) and 26-13-7 (Anaheim) records.

— Los Angeles attempted 73 shots (36 on goal, 14 blocked, 23 missed). Anaheim attempted 50 shots (20 on goal, 18 blocked, 12 missed). Derek Grant led all skaters with five shots on goal, while six Kings skaters (Iafallo, Wagner, MacDermid, Toffoli, Prokhorkin, Carter) tying with a team-high three. Prokhorkin finished with seven shot attempts; MacDermid finished with six. Joakim Ryan and Anze Kopitar were the only two Los Angeles skaters to end the night without a shot on goal.

— The Kings won 33-of-54 faceoffs (61%). Adrian Kempe won 0-of-1, Michael Amadio won 5-of-9, Anze Kopitar won 13-of-21, Alex Iafallo won 0-of-1, Blake Lizotte won 5-of-8, Nikolai Prokhorkin won 6-of-10 and Jeff Carter won 4-of-4.

The Kings are scheduled to practice at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3 at Toyota Sports Performance Center.

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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.