April 29 media availability: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On how the team has turned the series around and seized momentum:
I’ve said it lots in this series. The teams are too close. I don’t think there’s momentum from game-to-game. There’s momentum during games. I think that’s evident from watching the games.

On “a lot of players” with Game 7 experience:
Unless you tell me who they are, I can’t tell you who they are. [Reporter: Williams, Richards, Carter, Mitchell.] Played a lot of playoff games in the last two years, so I don’t know [if] Game 7 has any more bearing than somebody that hasn’t played one game.

On whether he’s excited for Game 7:
We’re trying to win a series. [Reporter: But is that exciting?] It’s what we’re trying to do. It doesn’t matter. We’re just trying to win the series. [Reporter: Whether it’s 0-3, or 3-0.] Yeah, that’s what you’re trying to do. That’s why it’s called four-out-of-seven. It’s not two-out-of-three or three-out-of-five. It’s four-out-of-seven, and the way the divisions are now, the division is a tough division. The team that finished first advanced in this division. The teams that are second and third are going to have to go to Game 7 to see who advances. And then they’ve got to play each other. Tough division.

On Drew Doughty’s third period efforts in Game 6:
It’s probably just the amount he had to play – both him and Slava. They both played 25 minutes last night, so going into the third that means that one of them was on the ice all the time in the third period. Close game, one-one game for the most part, third period, that means that not just those guys were on the ice, San Jose’s top guys are on the ice, too, so it’s not like you’re getting shifts off.

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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.