November 20 postgame quotes: Carolina - LA Kings Insider

Eric Staal, on the loss:
It felt close again. It’s just they did a good job the first two periods, I thought, of getting on the forecheck and making it difficult for us to get out of our end. They were real strong, using their size and strength down low taking pucks to the net. They were rewarded with a few goals that way. The third period, we got back a little bit quicker. Their natural tendency is to sit back a little bit, so we were on the attack a little bit more and had some better chances. Close game, just not quite enough.

Staal, on Los Angeles:
They were real aggressive quick. We knew that coming in. We just needed to do a better job of creating some outs and moving the puck around. You’ve got to credit them. They were aggressive and they were in your face and they were fast. I’m sure they remember the last game we played them in our rink. Tonight, they were better and they were rewarded with the win tonight.

Brett Bellemore, on their game:
As a whole, our game plan was just to get in behind their D. I mean our forwards, we can really work them and use our speed to keep it off the walls and use their skill.

Bellemore, on defending against Los Angeles:
They come hard, obviously. They’re hitting. They’re pinning. They’re working. They’re using their bodies, obviously they’re a big team. It’s tough to contain. But as the game went on, we were back to using our speed and I think that helped a little bit.

Bellemore, on Jonathan Quick’s save on Elias Lindholm late in the game:
Obviously Quick is a great goalie. He’s a champ, right? You’ve got to go up on him and he’s pretty good down low and he had a good glove there.

Bill Peters, on defending against Los Angeles:
We had a hard time handling their size and strength on the walls. They wore us out in the D-zone. They were heavy. They were a big, heavy team in the offensive zone. We spent too much time in there tonight.

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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.