February 27 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the team’s American Olympians having a fine game:
They had a good Olympics, too. They make a big deal of it in the States because they don’t win a medal, but these guys all get to represent their countries, and the way they did it, especially our guys, they did an awesome job. So they came back in a good frame of mind.

On Dustin Brown’s performance:
Brownie’s got to go up and down the ice. We’re playing him on the right side…There’s no magic to that. Dwight King, Dustin Brown, those types of guys. They’ve got to go up and down the ice, and they’ve got to get in hard areas. When they do it, they’re effective.

On Brown’s goal:
Gio went over to Chris, and Chris tripped. [Didn’t get] the puck luck.

On whether Drew Doughty is one of the more underrated players in the league:
I don’t think he’s underrated. I mean, he gets nominated for a Norris, he gets All-Star votes, he gets to play in the team that just won the tournament. You know what? Drew – I’ve said this. Guys asked last week. You know what? We have to play him so much, just because we don’t have quite the balance on the defense that some teams have, so he plays more. I don’t think he’s an underrated player. I mean, he plays top-five minutes in the league, and he just finished a tournament where all seven defensemen were [in the] Western Conference. It’s a tough conference.

On the schedule:
It’s ridiculous, the schedule. We all love our players going to the Olympics and, quite honest, the players who don’t go like that break that they get. But it’s ridiculous. It’s almost unfair to the players, what they have to go through. We started with 23 in 46 games. Everybody was playing 20-something games in 40-something days. It’s not realistic to think that you’re going to be able to get the most out of them every night.

On building up a cushion on Vancouver:
There’s no cushion. You know what?…We have a 14-team conference, and there are 11 teams after tonight that are still legitimate playoff teams.

On what he liked about the third period:
I liked the entire game. You like when you win on the road. I mean, what are you not supposed to like about it? It’s a tough turnaround. You get in here at three in the morning. Some of you guys get to sleep all day.

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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.