April 21 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the team’s resiliency in earning a win after not benefiting from several judgment calls:
“Well, you know it’s a high stick. The three guys in the back should’ve called that on the second one, and it’s not a disallowed goal because it’s the play before that. So the goal is the right call, but the high-stick is not right. You want the guys to make that call. [Reporter: A lot of resiliency. Just bounce back.] Well really felt that Lewie’s goal was a goal also. It should’ve been. So you know what, you just got to play through it and we talked about it after the second period, about really two lucky goals they scored against us, and we thought we deserved a little bit better and just find a way to win it and get through it.”

On whether he received an explanation on Lewis’ goal being disallowed:
“Well, obviously he either blew the whistle – no, we didn’t. He didn’t do much explaining to us.”

On attempting to earn home-ice advantage:
“We just want to try and win games. Honestly I’m not watching anybody else. I just want us to take care of our own business and who we play is who play. The only team nobody should want to play quite honestly is the team that’s only lost five games this year, so do everything we can not to play them. I don’t think we’re selective about that. I don’t think anybody [is]. [Reporter: I mean, home-ice, obviously, is something that’s very much within your grasp.] Yeah. You know, we’ve talked about that, but that’s the end result. You don’t get a whole bunch at once, you get one [point], even at the end of regulation you get one so then you try and get the other one.”

On Jonathan Quick:
“I think he’s been really good for us lately and I think it’s kind of on record of him saying that it’s about winning games and us saying that it’s about giving us a chance to win.”

On whether Jonathan Bernier could start one of the final three games:
“You know what? It’s something we’ll talk [about]. I haven’t really thought about it. We’ll talk tomorrow on the plane about it and make a decision. I haven’t even [gone] there yet.

On whether he’s still expecting Carter to score every game:
“I’d like him to. I’m sure he’s like to. I mean, we’d like everybody to score every game. [Reporter: It’s been a long time for Kopitar.] Yeah. Jeez. You know what? He’s playing well. He’s just got to finish. Even last game, when he [shot] off the [goalie’s] mask. You think that he missed the net, but it’s the right play. He’s going to score.”

On whether he was happy to see Dustin Penner’s “several bursts of speed”:
“Yeah. ‘Several bursts?’ [Well, on more than one shift, he seemed to be flying down the wing.] The line was good, and they were on for the two bad goals, right? Give them credit. The line has to be good. It’s not him or one or two, or talk about Jeff being streaky or Penner having bursts or Mike Richards playing against the other top center. It doesn’t matter. The line has to be good. That’s what playoff teams or teams that are going to the playoffs are about. It’s not about mixing and matching.”

On Doughty’s confidence level:
“Drew struggled early, and he was awesome for – how many minutes did he play tonight? So I would say the last 15 minutes, you know what? He got his teeth knocked out last game, and he really wasn’t feeling all that good tonight, and he still gave us – that’s courage. He showed his character again the last part of the game.”

On facing desperate teams on the upcoming road trip:
“Every team that we’ve played is fairly desperate when it’s that close. It was the same as tonight. It was the same as the last game. So it doesn’t really make any difference. [Reporter: Can you match that desperation level, though?] Well, we just did. We just did against Columbus, and we just did against Dallas, so we’ll just try and do that again.”

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#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


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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


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#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

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


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


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Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


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