The view from Phoenix - LA Kings Insider

One one hand, the Kings haven’t lost in regulation (4-0-1) in their last five games against the Coyotes. On the other hand, they’ve also won only four of the last seven meetings against the Coyotes. Here’s how The Arizona Republic covered last night’s game, with some additional postgame quotes from the Coyotes’ locker room…

Langkow’s overtime goal lifts Coyotes to win


(on stopping the Kings’ power play in overtime…) “I thought our guys did a real strong job. We didn’t give them any good looks and our penalty-killers did a really good job for us.’’

(on the Coyotes’ penalty-killing this season…) “We’ve done a real strong job. The first game (vs. San Jose), we weren’t really good in any part of the game. Since then we have been very strong and our defensive pressure and goaltending has been good. Those are the three key parts of the penalty kill.’’

(on Radim Vrbata’s game…) “We needed a couple of timely goals tonight and he got them. He was at the right place at the right time. You could tell he is a goal scorer with the patience he had on the first goal. He also made the play on the overtime goal so it was a great night for him.’’

(on his overtime goal…) “Yeah, you know I saw a little opening in the short side and I think it went off his stick and up and over him.’’

(on his two goals…) “Well the first goal…for a little extra second there I got that open net and the second one was a nice pass from Marty (Hanzal). We got Whitney back on our line, we can see that coming through from last year, even last game. … You know, tonight we scored a couple, I think the chemistry is there, we played well, we got to continue to play like that.’’

(on not scoring in recent games…) “It’s always frustrating but you can’t change your game too much because then it’s going to only get worse, as we talked about a couple of days ago. Yeah, it’s frustrating, but you have to keep playing your game and, as I said, I think that throwing Whitney on our line helps a little bit. Even though I didn’t score last game, Marty had a couple, so, you know, I think that helped.’’

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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.