May 6 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the win:
“We’re trying to play a complete 60 minutes. It really doesn’t make much difference in the game, whether it’s home or road. They’re all one-goal games, and they’re all third period games, and just go shift-by-shift.”

On whether the team needs to “bring more physicality”:
“You’ve got to stay out of the penalty box. You’ve got to finish checks, and you’ve got to try and outnumber guys in situations, and it’s very difficult. It’s not easy. Like when you say physicality, do you mean… [Reporter: Hits, physical] I don’t think it can be much more than it is.

On the increasing physicality:
“You know what? You have guys that naturally finish more checks than other guys. Not everybody does it. Both teams are big teams. Both teams can really skate. Both teams defend really well. So you’ve got to be careful.”

On the team looking to “build it back” and tie the game in the comeback:
“There really was nothing to build back. I mean, they scored a weak goal and scored a power-play goal. We got a big goal from Jeff which makes it 2-1, and that’s pretty how much how the series has went. Score was 4-3 coming in tonight in 10 periods and three periods tonight it was 4-3 again so you play 13 periods and its 7-7…That’s how close it is. We’re not building back or anything like that. That’s why they play seven games. Most series are six games. We’re not going to get too excited about a loss or a win.”

On whether the way the team won builds morale:
“You know what? It’s not about morale with our team. It sounds repetitive, but this team has resilience, and…there was [no] faction when it was 0-2 that it was in “throw it in” or “lets go home” – that’s not the way it works.”

On the performance by key players:
“Jeff scores a great goal. Willie’s been good the whole series. It’s good to see Kopi score. That’s what they’re supposed to do. That’s what series are about. You know what? If you covered the playoffs last year, it’s about big goals, not who scores ‘em. But at the same time, who normally leads your team in scoring have to be close to that.”

On the playoff series:
“We haven’t looked at it as a series, we’ve looked at it as one game at a time because everybody talks about the series and everybody talks about last year, which really has no bearing on anything. You just literally play a game at a time. And with the schedule the way it is, we are playing every other day with a lot of travel, unlike last year where if you look at the rounds, during the rounds there were five and six day breaks. During the rounds, not between rounds”

On whether there is no momentum, and Kings-Blues is essentially seven one-game series:
“We’re just going back for Game 5.”

On whether Game 4 felt like last year’s playoff run:
“No, it felt like Game 3 and it felt like Game 2 and it felt like Game 1.”

On the team’s compete level:
“We don’t question work or compete. We don’t question that. We try and execute things that were trying to do system-wise against two teams that play similar styles and do it almost perfectly.”

On timely saves from Quick:
“Well, that’s what he’s supposed to do. I mean, big saves and bad goals are what highlights the goaltenders in the playoffs. It’s simple. No more than that.”

On Justin Williams’ performance:
“Yeah, he’s had a really good series. As I said, he’s a guy that’s got to touch the puck lots in the offensive zone. It sounds simple. It sounds silly. He’s got to touch the puck lots, whether it’s in the corner or wherever it is. When he’s doing that, he’s on his game. I think that gives him confidence.”

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