March 28 postgame quotes: Kopitar, Carter - LA Kings Insider

Anze Kopitar, on another game where the team “played really well but didn’t get the result”:
It seems like we’re beating the dead horse every night. We outshoot teams, we out-chance teams yet we’re on the other side of the winning part so bottom line it’s just not good enough. Whether that’s offensively or defensively, we’ve got to be better in both areas.

Kopitar, on what the team has been missing:
I think part of it is the confidence factor. It doesn’t seem like we’re playing with confidence and the swagger that we need to play and we have played in the past so we’ve got to find that somehow.

Kopitar, on what he wants out of the last 7 games of the season:
Play and try, obviously, to win as many games as we can.

Jeff Carter, on the frantic final minutes and his shorthanded chances:
It’s kind of been the theme around here. On that chance he made a good save. I thought I had some room low blocker. I think I just caught the top of his pad. We’ve got to keep fighting. I’m not sure what happened in the standings tonight but we’ll keep fighting until the end.

Carter, on the Kings being 11 points out of a playoff spot with 7 games left:
Seven times two is 14, so we’re going to fight.

Carter, on Edmonton’s goals:
Their first goal, two on one, he goes past it and it goes top corner. He probably couldn’t shoot it any better. Their second goal hits, I think, everybody on the ice and finds a way in. We just couldn’t get that next one and we’ll keep going at it.

Carter, on this being a strange situation for the Kings to be in:
Yeah, I guess so. Not the situation we wanted to be in that’s for sure. You get to this time of the year you want to be locking up spots and getting ready for a big push. Like I said, a little different but we’ll keep fighting until the end.

Carter, on whether it was painful to watch the Oilers clinch with the win:
No. we’re just worried about getting wins right now.

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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.