February 23 postgame quotes: Carter, Gravel - LA Kings Insider

Jeff Carter, on nothing to show for a strong performance:
Yeah, that’s pretty much it. I mean, I thought we did some good things tonight. At the end of the day, you’ve got to win games, and we’ve got, what, 25 games left or something like that? You need two points, and we need all the points we can get right now. Didn’t do it tonight.

Carter, on why the team has won only four of its last 11 home games:
I mean, it’s been on the road, too, I think. You’ve got to score goals to win, and obviously there are games in that stretch where we just weren’t good enough. There’s games where we were good enough and we don’t score. It’s coming down to crunch time here, and we’ve got to get it going.

Carter, on whether it’s surprising that a team with scoring potential is having trouble scoring:
Yeah, sure.

Carter, on whether there’s a lack of chemistry when Darryl Sutter adjusts the lines:
No, there’s what, two or three new guys in the room this year, so there shouldn’t be any lack of chemistry. Everybody’s played with everybody. The way he changes them up, we should be comfortable with everybody.

Carter, on any concern that the team is still waiting for its “spurt” to come with 21 games left:
I mean, we’re confident, but it’s time. We’ve got to win.

Carter, on what the team can pinpoint to add more offense:
We’ll keep working on it. There’s obviously some things that we can touch on as group, and we’ll get to it.

Kevin Gravel, on scoring his first goal, which came in a loss:
It feels good, obviously – a long time coming on that one. Good play by Marty to get the puck going to the net, and Kemps made a great play to find me back door there, and I had nothing but net to shoot at, so basically I just tapped ‘er in. Like you said, obviously you want that one to come in a win, but first goal is a special moment, for sure.

Gravel, on playing well for stretches but not winning the game:
We’ve just got to bear down on our scoring chances. We had our chances tonight, you know? I think for the most part we played a fairly decent game. Had some pretty good sustained pressure on ‘em there. I think we just need to find a way to bury our chances here and not get frustrated and just keep plugging away. We’re playing good hockey. We just need to find a way to bury our chances.

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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.