March 5 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On whether he’s ever seen a player score 11 goals over 11 games:
“I bet I did it in midget or something.”

On where the energy came from in the third period of the second game of a back-to-back set:
“We’ve been good in back to back games. We talked about that before. Obviously it’s different at home. I can’t ever remember playing back to back games at home, quite honest. We did in Detroit and St. Louis. We did it in Edmonton and Calgary, and here we had good, solid games back to back.”

On the decision to change Jonathan Bernier for Jonathan Quick:
“I was going to just split them tonight, so I just thought it was a good time to do it. Back to back games, right?”

On the added responsibilities for Slava Voynov and Jake Muzzin:
“I thought the four kids tonight were really, really good. I thought Muzzin, Ellerby, Voynov and Drew were all outstanding for us in the back end.”

On the team’s shot mentality in the third period:
“Well, we had trouble getting to the middle of the ice in the first period. We talked about it after the second about just trying to do more of it and being more aware of it. You need your top players to do that.”

On whether he was happy with the mood on the bench when the team fell behind 4-1:
“Yeah, I thought it was fine.”

On Anze Kopitar’s assertion that the Blues were backing off when it was a 4-1 game:
“It’s probably natural for teams to try and protect it a little bit. We try and have our mindset be the other way and play like we’re always down one.”

On the Dallas Stars:
“[We] haven’t played them yet. [They’re a] big skilled team, especially up front. They got their goalie back healthy again now. He was out for a while. They’re a big, skilled team up front. They’re a division team, and we look forward to playing somebody different.”

On whether there are any concerns that Drew Doughty hasn’t scored yet this season:
“He hit the post there. Friggin’ 196 feet. I don’t know if it was wind or down wind, or what that was…[He’s] getting lots of good looks, lots of shots. He touches the puck more than anybody else on our team in the offensive zone. He knows how I feel, and as long as he feels good about his game, then that’s good.”

On Muzzin’s assertion that the team is still searching for its identity:
“Well, he hasn’t played on our team, so that’s…interesting for you to suggest that he’s forging or trying to create an identity, the team’s identity. He’s trying to become part of our identity, I would say.”

On whether the team does have an identity:
“I guess you’ll just have to come up with a good one. You tell me what it is, and I’ll say that’s what it is.”

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

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.