Game 1 vs. San Diego postgame quotes: Brodzinski, Kempe - LA Kings Insider

Jonny Brodzinski, on his game-winning goal set up by Kempe:
That’s all Kempe. Just found the spot in the slot. Great play by him, he kind of just flushed up the side. Little lackadaisical, he took advantage of it, hit him over and put it right between the D-man’s legs right on my tape in front and all’s I had to do was put it in. [Reporter: Were you aware of how much time was left?] Yeah, I looked up right away because I didn’t know what they were going to do. I heard five from our bench, I thought there was only five seconds left but I looked up there was 15. So, just trying to stay a little higher in the slot, just make sure they didn’t have any stretch plays or anything like that and he made the play so I just went hard to the net and got rewarded.

Brodzinski, on taking Game 1 in the best-of-5 and avoiding overtime:
That’s huge, especially going into tomorrow too. I think [we’ll] be a little more rested coming into tomorrow and I think home-ice advantage is pretty big too. We’re just looking to focus up tonight and come with a better performance tomorrow. I don’t think we had our best tonight.

Brodzinski, on the second period and the Gulls’ ability to get back into the game:
A couple bad turnovers I think is what led to their goals. The one by me on the power play, just kind of a soft play to the boards, they pick it off, go down for a breakaway. The other one too was just a soft play. I think if we clean up that, a little bit more sound defensively I think we’re going to come out with a bigger win.

Adrian Kempe, on his set-up to Brodzinski on the game-winner:
I actually didn’t know how many seconds were left but he was waiting behind the net and I had a chance to flush him out there and I got a stick on the puck and I won it and tried to just look up to see if I had anyone and Brodzy was all alone in front there. So I just tried to chuck it there and he got a good shot. It was really nice, really nice goal. [Reporter: Surprised to see that he was that wide open?] Yeah, I mean, I don’t think they expected that D-man to turn it over like that. I think right after I got it, I don’t know if Teddy was open too, I just tried to look up and he was all alone in front so that was good.

Kempe, on taking Game 1 after San Diego’s response in the second period:
Obviously it’s huge that we got Game 1 but it’s only the first game. We’ve got to win two more. I think we started off really good the first period and they came back in the second, played better than we did. But I think we came back strong in the third and we won the game so we deserved that too.

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.