December 31 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On Thursday’s win and the 4-0-0 road trip:
I think we got stronger as it went along, the trip and the games. I think that tonight scoring the first goal was important. Tough building, and then I think early in the second obviously the two quick goals really helped.

On what the team did on the trip to find offense in Jeff Carter’s absence:
Well, we’ve played with injuries all year, so it’s nothing particular that we did anything tonight. I don’t look at it as ‘the trip.’

On Christian Ehrhoff replacing Jamie McBain in the lineup:
Just trying to get more out of the third pair, more minutes. We haven’t been getting many minutes out of the [third pair]. Christian can play both sides, and we packed too much into Drew on this trip again. Christian’s able to play both sides, and quite honest, all three of those guys, one or two of ‘em have to declare that they’re going to be in every game, not every other game. Until they do that, then we’ll do it.

On whether the plan was for Jonathan Quick to start all four games of the trip:
Hey, he can play every game for the rest of the year. Got to win games. I’m not playing favorites. The other goalie hasn’t had much luck lately, has he?

On any meaning of returning to the site where the team was officially eliminated:
No. I’ve never even looked at it like that. This had nothing to do with where we were last year. I would say it was more in overtimes. I think I’ve talked about that enough. [Reporter: Oh, you have, the shootouts and all that.] I mean, we’ve already done more in overtimes this year than we did all of last year. [Reporter: I think you’re one or two games away from equaling the road record, road wins.] Actually, our record was not much different last year, other than overtimes. Probably very little difference at all.

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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.