Kings will try to maintain intensity - LA Kings Insider

If nothing else, the Kings now have some recent experience to draw upon. They hold a 2-0 series lead, after two road wins, heading into Game 3. It’s the same scenario the Kings faced in the first round against Vancouver, and the same challenge. In that Game 3, the Canucks played a very strong game but Jonathan Quick made 41 saves in a 1-0 victory. Based on the way the St. Louis Blues played in the second and third periods last night, they don’t look like a team that is going to roll over in Los Angeles, and the Kings can’t afford to sit back and admire their work. The Kings know this, of course, and today they talked about maintaining focus, particularly with an extra day between games. Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter shared thoughts…

DOUGHTY: “We’ve got to play even harder when we get back here. We have to treat it as if we don’t have those first two games under our belts for wins. We’ve got to come in as if the series is just starting, and we’ve got home-ice advantage. We’ve got to win both of these. They’re going to look to be the spoilers in our barn, just like we were in theirs. It’s so important to win this first game, especially, in front of our home crowd. … With our home crowd behind us, they’re going to be playing as hard as they can. They’re going to be doing everything they can, blocking shots and finishing all their checks, so it’s going to be a tough game for us. We’ve got to be playing the exact same way as they are.’’

KOPITAR: “Going in there and winning both games, obviously it puts us in a great spot right now, but it’s not over yet, by any means. They have a good team. They can turn it around pretty quick. Right now, we want to focus on Game 3. We’ve got to take care of business here at home.’’

CARTER: “They’re going to be a desperate team. I think after the first period, in the second and third, they picked up their physical play. They were hard on the forecheck, and any chance that they got to put a body on somebody, they were going to. So I expect the same in Game 3.’’

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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.