November 30 postgame quotes: San Jose - LA Kings Insider

Peter DeBoer, on whether there was a lot of mixing of the lines against the Kings:

You know what, I think we tried to keep it pretty consistent. We had some situations; Tierney had to leave in the first for a little bit so that made us juggle our lines a little bit. But other then that, in the third we had a couple situations where a guy got out there a little bit line and it mixed up our lines a little bit but for the most part we were pretty consistent.

DeBoer, on two rookies scoring:
It’s huge. We needed some contributions tonight. It’s a tough situation, back-to-back, playing last night at home, LA’s rested. You look at their record at home and we knew it was going to be a really tough game and we challenged the group to have contributions from everybody and I thought our fourth line might have been our best line tonight. They were excellent.

DeBoer, on what the secret is to beating the Kings:

I don’t know if there’s a secret. I think the one thing about any time we play LA is there’s no speeches needed. We know it’s going to be a hard game, we know it’s going to be a hard-fought game and our guys have been responding to that challenge. Jonesy’s been excellent, too, that’s a big part of it.

DeBoer, on whether he liked the way his team played with the lead:
I did. The second period I thought we got away from our game a little bit but I liked how we re-grouped in the third. I loved our third period with the lead, I thought we really locked things down and that’s how we want to play.

DeBoer, on taking away time and space from the Carter line:
Well just defending with five men and your goalie. They still got a few looks and Jonesy was there but I think every time we got on the ice against Kopitar or Carter it was a real commitment by all five guys on the ice to defend and defend hard. I thought we did a good job.

DeBoer, on Martin Jones:
He’s a legitimate starter, and for me he’s one of the top goalies in the league and he’s just getting better. I think you’re just seeing the tip of what he’s capable of, and our guys love him back there. They love his composure, they love his demeanor, they trust him and that’s a huge part of being a starting goalie on a good team.

Martin Jones, on playing both games in a back-to-back:
I felt fine. I thought the guys did a really good job of keeping it simple tonight. We got pucks deep and we worked ‘em low.

Jones, on Burns swiping away a Trevor Lewis shot on the goal line:
It was a great play. Great play by Lewis and a great play by Burnzy to keep it out of there.

Jones, on whether he can explain his success against his former team:
We played well. It’s not just me, I mean you look at the game tonight, I don’t think I had one shot before the three-minute mark of the third period. The whole third period we got pucks deep, we grinded them low and we possessed the puck in the offensive zone for a lot of the night.

Jones, on whether he’s more comfortable this year as a starting goalie:
I played back-to-back a couple times last year, it’s nothing really that new. Yeah I mean I think just the more experience you get the more comfortable, and that’s probably the same with anything.

Jones, on playing against his former team:
These are important division games, everyone knows the importance of these games and that’s why we always seem to have big efforts against these guys.

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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.