LAK 3, VGK 2: McLellan, Quick quotes; box scores; highlights - LA Kings Insider

Todd McLellan, on the importance of Jonathan Quick having a strong preseason:
I think he’s done it all training camp from the very first day he put the pads on. He’s worked, he’s been attentive, he’s got a little fire in him right now, and he had a tremendous night, so that’s a real good thing for us heading into a week of practice.

McLellan, on the team’s final preseason performance:

I saw some ups and downs during the game. I thought we started very well, we played a real strong first period. After that, I thought our power play took our momentum away from our own team. Give them credit – they did a good job of penalty killing – but we gave a lot back in that area. It looked very mechanical to me when there was nothing flowing about it, and we’ll have to fix that over time, but the break came at a good time for us. We regained a little bit of composure, and the good sign was even though we gave up those two quick goals, we stuck with the plan and the program and found a way to get it bac.

Jonathan Quick, on whether he got what he needed out of the preseason:
Yeah, played some games. The team looks good, we’re ready to go.

Quick, on the progression of the game:
I think that first period, that’s the way we want to play. We were creating chances, we were on the forecheck, we were making them go through five guys to get it out of their end. I think they got the better of us in the second and then they tied it up and we turned it back on, we created enough chances to get that third goal there.

Quick, on a week elapsing before the opener, and how that affects a goalie at the start of a season:
You know, we’re practicing. We’re going to get a day off tomorrow, and then we’ll get back to work. With the way we’ve been practicing, I don’t think we’re going to lose a step because of the pace that we’ve been practicing with. It gets you going. We’ll stick with that and we’re looking forward to start the season.

Quick, on whether the raised pace and aggressive play affects how he reads the play as a goalie:
Not really. Everything’s in front of you, so you’ve just got to read and react. Whatever the system happens to be, you can have the best team in the world but there are going to be breakdowns, so you’ve got to be ready for shots from anywhere. So, you just read and react.

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#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.

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#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


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#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.