November 29 postgame quotes: Chicago - LA Kings Insider

Brad Richards, on finishing their road trip with a 5-1 record:
That’s huge. Halfway through the trip we were right around a playoff spot, on the bubble. We talked about gaining ground, gaining momentum going into the second 20 games. We did a great job of that, coming together for test, really all good teams as we went through it. We won five out of six, which is huge.

Corey Crawford, on whether he is fatigued after playing his 14th consecutive game:
No, I felt pretty good the whole way through. There are times during games where maybe you get a little bit tired, but I don’t think it’s a factor at all.

Crawford, on getting wins against Anaheim and Los Angeles on back-to-back nights:
It’s pretty big. The second half of the trip it started in Colorado to get a big win there in a tight game. And then against two top teams in the west, we probably had our two best games of the trip. It was great. It was a great job by everyone. We’re all on the same page and we’re all battling together. It’s a good road trip for us.

Kris Versteeg, on Brad Richards’ goals:
Richie is the guy who is generally setting up, so it was nice to see him score a couple and have a couple other good looks too tonight and yesterday afternoon in Anaheim. When Richie is shooting and making plays, he’s a heck of a player.

Joel Quenneville, on whether they feel like one of the top teams in the league:
We got off to an ordinary start. We could see the team trending in the right direction. This is a sign that ‘Hey, we’re coming and when we play the right way, we’re a dangerous team.’ We’ve got a lot of different looks and Richie’s line spearheaded our offense in a lot of games this trip and that was nice to see that line come together.

Quenneville, on whether the team viewed this as an important game:
This was a good test for us, a good measuring stick. We had a good trip, let’s see how we finish it. We did a lot of good things. We didn’t get satisfied. We know we have to play the right way in this building… Great beginning and good energy throughout, kind of the way we were most nights through this trip.

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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.