December 13 postgame quotes: Backman - LA Kings Insider

On his game-winner and breaking 14-game drought:
It feels good. I was struggling there for a bit and any time a player’s not scoring for a while it gets in his head a little bit and it did for me. But it’s nice to score that goal, especially being a game-winner tonight. Good for me to get the goal but even better to get those two points on the road here.

On how the goal drought wore on him:
I think it got to a point where I was making myself crazy thinking about it all the time. I had a little meeting with Stutts today and basically he told me to just play my game and do what I do and it went in for me tonight so I’m pretty excited about that.

On winning the first of four games this week:
It’s huge. We have a bit of a break coming up here and you want to get as many points as you can going into Christmas. It’s tough not to think about that break coming up but guys have to stay focused here, we still have a few games left and a little bit of work to do before we can have that holiday break.

On what to expect in facing Stockton on Wednesday in Ontario:
Another good game. We’ve got to take advantage of these home games. We were really good at home last year and we pride ourselves on the way we play at home. We’ve got to take advantage of these home games and get two points against a good hockey team.

Kurtis MacDermid

#56 | 6′ 5″ | 233 lb | Age: 23

Born: March 25, 1994
Birthplace: Sauble Beach, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


MacDermid was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 12, 2012.

Michael Amadio

#52 | 6′ 1″ | 204 lb | Age: 21

Born: May 13, 1996
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Amadio was selected by the Kings in the third round (90th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Lintuniemi

#10 | 6′ 3″ | 214 lb | Age: 21

Born: DOB: 9/23/1995
Position: D


Lintuniemi played in 27 games for the HIFK U18 team in Helsinki at 15-years-old, as well as seven games with the Finland U16 team. He made his professional hockey debut with the Monarchs in 2015, and has since begun playing for the Reign.

Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C


Drafted in 2005 by the Calgary Flames, Sutter was traded to the Reign in 2016. He is the son of LA Kings head couch Darryl Sutter, and the eighth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.