April 6 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On what allowed Calgary to surge ahead in the second period:
I think our young guys had good energy and pretty good execution in the first period. I thought some of our older players really struggled with that, and that’s a little bit of probably end of the season for them. Just before Wideman came out of the penalty box with his blazing speed and scored on that breakaway, they had another breakaway, too. I thought after that we there wasn’t much there.

On whether he has sensed a “loss of sharpness or focus” since the team was eliminated:
Well, we just finished beating Edmonton, so that seems sort of not the proper question to ask.

On a “newer situation” for a team that hasn’t been eliminated from playoff contention as early:
It’s new for this group, Jon. When this team didn’t make the playoffs after winning a championship, they quite honest, for the lack of a better word, busted their ass to try and make the playoffs. They just didn’t have enough left. You could see it, and that was after three really hard years. This is totally different. You’ve got a lot of players, even though they might’ve been here a year or two, they haven’t been prominent parts. They have not gotten the experience in winning. They do not have the experience of playoffs. It’s a big, big difference. I’ve said it, and it’ll hold true. It held true last summer. We don’t match up in our division very well, and we certainly did not tonight, and it’s clear.

On the attitude heading into this weekend’s games, and whether the team will get up for them:
Well, I think that’s still two days away. We do a pretty good job of that normally.

On Bob Miller Appreciation Day:
Is that Saturday? Because I heard they were going to do it in Anaheim. So I was going, ‘What the hell did you do it in Anaheim for when he’s a King?’ I mean, I grew up listening to Foster Hewitt, and he was Toronto Maple Leafs. He didn’t go to Montreal, I bet, to have his night off or night out or whatever you call it. [Reporter: It’s going to be Saturday here, his appreciation.] I think he deserves it. He’s earned that.

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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.