December 31 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On whether the game got away because of second period mistakes:
No, I thought we played really well. We got a little bit of a bad break on the second goal, and you know what? We’re not scoring any goals right now. We’ve played well enough to win. Other than the game before Christmas, we easily could’ve won the last three. It’s just the way it goes.

On playing a rival on Thursday with an attempt to end the losing streak:
I haven’t really thought about that. That’s two days away.

On what has to happen to reduce the number of penalties:
There were five penalties tonight, so what’s the same about any of them? What were they?…Drew got one trying to prevent a goal, Willie got one for shooting one out of the stands, Kyle got one in the neutral zone where he put his stick out. I mean, quite honest, do you think the penalties should’ve been five-two tonight, or could they have had one more? That’s what I was hollering at the referee about. We had one referee that we had last night in Chicago. He looked fatigued tonight. [Reporter: Is that typical to have a guy back-to-back?] Yeah, we get ‘em more in California back-to-back, just because there’s a closer schedule. It’s not very often when you see that Chicago-Dallas, but around the holidays maybe they’re trying to keep guys closer to where they’re from.

On any significance of having completed 41 games:
Yeah, we played 41 games in this year. That’s kind of cool how that works actually, when you think about it.

On Ben Scrivens’ performance:
You know what? Our goaltending’s leveled out. When you’re not scoring goals – we’re not a team that scores a lot of goals – you need more than average goaltending, and the second goal tonight’s not a great goal. Whether it’s off the boards, or whatever it is, you’ve got to make those. That’s part of what the best goalies in the league do.

On whether Mike Richards is struggling:
He was really good tonight. I think getting him with Brownie and Willie – you know what? Once we moved Jeff with Kopi, it was hard, and then basically Stoll went with Brown and Williams, and Mike was trying to get other guys going, and it probably took a little bit away from his game, and we’re not getting much in terms of opportunities from our third and fourth lines, so we put Mike back with Brownie and Willie, and he’s played really well.

On Dustin Brown’s scoring being “off”:
Yeah, it is off. He’s got seven goals in 41 games. So I’d say his scoring is off. Based on that, he’s a 14-goal scorer. That’s not enough, right?

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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.