February 14 Rapid Reaction (feat. Jesse Cohen): Canucks 4, Kings 3 (SO) - LA Kings Insider

Rapid Reaction, feat. Jesse Cohen of Kings Men Podcast

Post-game Quotes

Willie Desjardins, on the frustration over yielding a late tying goal and losing in a shootout:
That’s frustrating, but I thought it was a hard game all the way through. I thought right from the start it wasn’t going to be you were going to get anything easy out there tonight. I thought our group showed a lot, though. I thought we had lots of chances. I thought their guys battled too after having a back-to-back.

Desjardins, on Michael Amadio and Austin Wagner:
Yeah, it’s good. They had a couple again tonight. That line, they’re pretty opportunistic right now. They’ve been capitalizing on their chances, which is good. Not only that, they had some pressure too. Like, when they were out on the ice, they were hard on the other team’s D. They were working hard.

Desjardins, on Sean Walker’s status:
I haven’t seen him, but it sounds like everything’s going to be OK.

Desjardins, on Ilya Kovalchuk’s physical play:
He’s got lots of emotion out there. He’s excited by it, he wants to play well, he wants the team to do well, he’s excited when they score. He’s just as excited if somebody else scores as if he scores, and that’s a good sign. He’s an excellent person and he wants to win. Like, he really wants to win. He’s been good. The last games he’s been playing hard.

Alec Martinez, on losing despite battling back to gain a lead in the third period:
I mean, I think we believe in the guys in this room, but at the end of the day we need points right now. I sound like a broken record.

Martinez, on his goal:
Yeah, I think that Lewie, Ty, and Leiper did a good job of working ‘em down low and then I’m just up top and I’m trying to get a shot on net and you know fortunately it was able to go in.

Martinez, on looking ahead to Saturday’s game:
I think you know you just got to learn from this stuff. I think that we’ve been practicing better as of late and that’s translated into games, but like I said, we need points right now.

Austin Wagner, on Vancouver scoring final minutes of the game:
Well we have to be able to hold that lead there. So that’s — honestly, I don’t know — right now I’m just kind of trying to get over it, but you know we play again Saturday. We’ve got to be ready to go for that one.

Wagner, on playing with the lead:
We believe in each other in this room and that’s what we’re trying to do — get leads and play with the lead — but we didn’t get it done tonight so we’ve got a game here on Saturday here and we’ll be ready to go.

Wagner, on what the team will focus on in practice tomorrow:
We have to have good practice habits and when we do we play well, so we’ll do that tomorrow and we’ll be ready.

Wagner, on the challenge of losing after battling back to take a lead in the third:
Yeah, this organization, this hockey club, has always been one to take pride in their game and never give up on anything, so that’s what we did. We battled back, so I think we just need to clean it up a little bit there and that’s something that we’re going to get and be ready to go on Saturday.

Wagner, on how he feels after leaving the ice following Guillaume Brisebois’s hit:
Yeah, I’m fine.

Wagner, on the team finding more success at overcoming the deficit as of late:
You know we’re a really good team this year. We have a lot of key components that make us a really good team. We’re able to play with leads, we’re able to score goals, but we’ve got to help out Quickie. Quickie was making a lot of saves tonight and not even saves from afar, but a lot of grade-A chances. He can’t do that every night, so we need to tighten it up for him and once we tighten up our D-zone we score enough goals. We hold the other team to two goals and the game’s over if held them to two goals tonight, so Quickie kicked real hard tonight and gave us a chance.

Post-game Notes

–With the shootout loss, Los Angeles fell to 110-105-37 all-time against Vancouver, a record that includes a home mark of 67-43-19. The Canucks are 4-1-1 in their last six visits to Staples Center. The Kings are 1-1-1 in the four-game season series with one remaining game, March 28 at Rogers Arena.

–With the shootout loss, Los Angeles fell to 14-15-3 against the Western Conference, 8-8-2 against the Pacific Division, 11-4-6 in one-goal games, 7-24-5 when allowing the first goal, 11-12-4 when tied after one period, 6-5-3 when tied after two periods, 7-6 in games decided after regulation, 2-2 in shootouts and 8-11-2 when outshooting their opponent.

–Jonathan Quick fell to 1-2 in shootouts this season and 43-34 in his career. By stopping one of three shooters, he is now 187/271 (.690) in his career against individual shooters. Ilya Kovalchuk improved to 3/4 this season and 27/66 in his career, Anze Kopitar fell to 1/4 this season and 38/102 in his career and Adrian Kempe fell to 1/2 this season and 3/5 in his career.

–Tyler Toffoli and Adrian Kempe’s five-game point streaks (both 4-3=7) were snapped.

–Since returning from injury, Trevor Lewis has appeared in two games, logging a total 24:59 with two assists, a plus-three rating and five shots on goal.

–Kyle Clifford (0-2=2) tallied his second consecutive multi-assist game. With 13 points (7-6=13), he is two points shy of tying his career-high in a season (15, 2014-15).

–Austin Wagner (1-0=1) scored his 8th goal of the season. He has four goals in the last four games, including three in his last 15:06 of ice time.

–The Kings attempted 64 shots (38 on goal, 11 blocked, 15 missed). The Canucks attempted 54 shots (27 on goal, 13 blocked, 14 missed). Adrian Kempe, Trevor Lewis and Elias Pettersson tied with a game-high four shots on goal. Paul LaDue and Drew Doughty were the only L.A. skaters that didn’t register a shot on goal.

–Los Angeles won 22-of-57 faceoffs (39%). Adrian Kempe won 3-of-10, Michael Amadio won 5-of-8, Anze Kolpitar won 12-of-27, Ilya Kovalchuk won 0-of-1, Alex Iafallo won 0-of-1, Trevor Lewis won 1-of-7, Dustin Brown won 0-of-1 and Carl Hagelin won 1-of-2.

The Kings are scheduled to practice at 11:00 a.m. at Toyota Sports Center on Friday, February 15.

Post-game Highlights

–Lead photo via Adam Pantozzi/NHLI

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.