Darryl Sutter’s postgame thoughts…

(on Matt Greene’s shorthanded goal…)
SUTTER: “We talk about pressure as much as we can on the penalty kill, in certain situations. It was awesome to see Matt Greene go all the way down [laughs], 200 feet right to the blue paint and score.’’

(on whether he thought the Blues looked “flat’’ in the second and third periods…)
SUTTER: “I couldn’t really tell you. I thought they came out exactly the way they wanted to come out, with the building the way it always is in St. Louis. They had lots of energy early. I thought killing the penalty, for us in the first period, was probably the biggest thing, the biggest difference in the game.’’

(on Jonathan Quick’s big early saves…)
SUTTER: “I think both teams are accustomed to having great goaltending.’’

(on his message to the Kings after the Blues’ strong start…)
SUTTER: “Composure, right? You’ve been practicing Xs and Os and watching it (on video) for five days. You’re not going to always have the lead and you’re not going to always have the momentum. Keep it settled.’’

(on what he thought of Dwight King’s hit on Alex Pietrangelo…)
SUTTER: “I thought it was a two-minute penalty.’’

(on how surprising it was to see Greene going forward on his goal…)
SUTTER: “We try to get our D to be as active as they can be when we have control out of the puck. I was probably surprised to see him that far out. Where he scored from, it was just a short rebound goal. Good for him.’’

(on keeping the Blues’ power play off the scoreboard, in the regular season and Game 1…)
SUTTER: “We know how good they are, and we know how good they were last series. We just try to find ways. I don’t think there’s magic to it. Quite honestly, 0-for-17 (on the power play) has no bearing on it. It’s about tonight. It’s like us not scoring on the power play. I’m sure they want to get better at it and I’m sure we want to get better at it.’’

(on what he wants to see more from the Kings’ power play…)
SUTTER: “Finish the opportunities they had. They had some pretty good looks, guys like Carter and Drew. They’ve got to finish for you.’’

(on taking time off the clock with the third-period power plays…)
SUTTER: “You’re more concerned, with the skill level on the other side, (them) doing the same thing we did shorthanded.’’

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