March 19 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On avoiding three-point games while coming out of the two-game set with four points:
“It’s not just us you’re hoping for not three points. Games we’re watching – it’s so close. We played a team that had been struggling to score, and I think once they got a bit of momentum, you’re worried about three points.”

On if there was a reason for Toffoli not playing in the final 10 minutes:
“No. There’s nothing that says he has to play.”

On whether Toffoli was injured:
“Do we report injuries usually?”

On how good Jonathan Bernier could become:
“I don’t know. He’s a young goaltender, and he wants to be a number one goalie. That’s his goal. That’s what he said this summer. The way the schedule has been and with Quick’s surgery last summer and his training, it’s allowed us to play both guys, and we’ll continue to do that.”

On whether he was happy with the final sequence of the game:
“I was really happy because they diodn’t score. When the other team pulls the goalie, that’s what you’re trying to do is make sure they don’t score, so I was very happy. We had our five best players on the ice. Hey, you want to win the faceoff. Kopi did that. You want to get the puck out of your zone. We did that, so we were able to get the win.”

On whether the Coyotes “whine too much”:
“I’m trying to get our team not to whine. I’m not worried about the other team. Is that whine with an ‘H’ or an ‘I’, without the ‘h?’ I don’t know. You’d have to ask them that. I don’t know if they whine too much.”

On the team’s composure:
“I thought we had a good third period. I thought we got better. You know, I don’t even look at it like ‘today’. I look at it like ‘six periods’, right? We got the goaltending that we need, and we got great special teams two nights in a row.”

On Drew Doughty’s goal and whether it’s time to move on from recognizing Doughty’s goal total:
“Aw, jeez, I’m sure they’ll change it. I thought it hit Jeff Carter.”

On whether he told Doughty that:
“No, I didn’t want to tear him down. Let him feel good about himself, right. Nobody’s pulling more for Drew to score a goal than I am. He’s had so many [chances]. You just want him now to move on, right?

On whether he’s surprised that it took a player of that caliber that long to score:
“Nope. I could score, and I probably went 20 games without a goal, too, a couple times. I put him in every situation. There’s nothing that surprises you. I don’t know why everybody talks about Drew not scoring. It happens, right? The leading goal scorer by a defenseman in the league only has [seven]. Drew scores a goal in the next five games, he could be leading the league by a defenseman. It’s not that big a deal, right?”

On Thursday’s game against Dallas:
“Dallas kicked our ass in here last time.”

On whether Bernier is a “special player”:
I’ve only seen Jonathan Bernier play a handful of games. I said last year when we Stanley Cup that he was a great team player and he and I have a really good relationship. But what is he, 23? You know what? 10 years – then somebody can answer that question better than I can. It’s not possible. How many games total in his career so far in the NHL? It’s a night-to-night thing…He played very well tonight. Three games ago, we pulled him after three goals.”

On whether he’s happy with Dustin Penner:
“We’ve asked him to move around, play a different position. He’s accepted a little different role. The best thing about Dustin Penner – he just wants to win. The best thing. It doesn’t matter to him. That’s what happens when you’ve won it twice. You start understanding it better.”

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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.