February 15 postgame quotes: Columbus - LA Kings Insider

Head Coach Todd Richards, on Friday’s game:
“We didn’t win a lot of battles tonight. There was more urgency in their game than there was in ours. As far as winning those 1-on-1 battles in the offensive zones, we were spending more time in our defensive zone, using up our energy.”

Richards, on whether penalties in the first period set the tone for the game:
“I really don’t think that set us back.”

Richards, on disappointment over suffering a setback in developing an identity:
“Yeah. It’s playing 60 minutes. It’s playing the way we need to play. And what troubles me is we talked about it, showed video, and we come out and can’t get to that point. We had segments of the game where we were doing it, but the full commitment to it for 60 minutes – it was a 2-1 game, we’re still one shot away and not playing our best hockey – but for us to have success, everyone has to do it. Everyone’s got to be committed. We can’t be turning pucks over like we did. Again, that’s going back to the start of the year when we were turning pucks over. Just some puck poise and those types of things.”

Brandon Dubinsky, on the team’s struggles:
“We didn’t have enough push back. We certainly didn’t help ourselves. We made some turnovers that made us spend too much time in our defensive zone. Didn’t allow us to play enough offense. The shot total reflects that.”

Jack Johnson, on the team’s challenges:
“I think the Kings played a great defensive game . They did a good job keeping us outside. Give credit where credit is due. It’s up to us to create more offense at the end of the day. When your forwards help you on defense it’s huge. Then it’s five people playing defense opposed to two. The Kings do that exceptionally well.”

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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.