May 14 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the Game 1 win in front of a home crowd:
“It doesn’t really matter where it is. We expect the home crowd to really be as loud as their home crowd.”

On Jonathan Quick’s performance:
“Yeah he was really good. You know what? It was something you always look at. We had some time between series. You’re never really concerned about it, quite honest. Last series, everybody was wondering except the locker room how he was going to play after Game One and Game Two, so we just expect that. We know that both teams have goalies that are going to give both teams a chance.”

On what made the penalty kill successful:
“It’s as I said this morning. They had lots of practice at it last series.”

On whether he got a look at Raffi Torres’ hit on Jarret Stoll:

On Torres’ hit on Stoll:
“Well, we weren’t resting him and he didn’t come back.”

On the results of Mike Richards’ line seeing time against Joe Thornton’s line:
“He just steps up. It’s refreshing to see guys like that that when it’s a big game they step up, and he did last series…I thought him and Jeff and Kinger were really effective tonight.”

On what the team needs to work on heading into Game 2:
“I think you always have things to work on. I don’t know if anybody’s perfect. [Reporter: Anything specific at all?] No.”

On Slava Voynov’s play:
“He got shots through. They’re not going to give you much. They [crowd] down and they’re lkow and there’s five guys down low and you’ve got to try and get pucks through to the net. Both of them were that, if you look at it. The first goal, we changed lines to win a faceoff. Jeff eins the faceoff, gets the puck out, and then goes down the ice and Mike makes a great play at the blue line. Slava follows up. But the most important part of it is if you win the draw and you get guys going to the net at the other end, the second goal is actually the very same. Guys were in front of the net and you shoot it through the net. Richie – did he get credit for it? You know what? That’s how you score goals in playoffs.”

On Voynov’s three game-winning goals, and whether it’s “right place, right time”:
“In my memory, one was the overtime goal. It’s down the side, joining the rush. The one tonight was joining the rush with traffic in front, and the other one – there were actually nine guys in front of the net on the other one. It was the only goal we scored.”

On San Jose’s shots and chances in the third period:
“Well, generally when you have a two-nothing lead in the playoffs going into the third period, it’s generally the team that’s down…pours it on.”

On the specifics of the game that he liked:
“I think we stuck with it. I think we had to play through losing a centerman, so you’re down a guy. You have to move gusy around in the third period. That’s pretty well it. There’s not much difference. They’re a veteran team and they’re going to come at us and we got some young guys that are going to experience their way through it.

On keeping an opponent scoreless for the 10th time in the last 11 home games:
“I’m just thinking against St. Louis. I think we want to have good starts and we try to have an identity. We want to try to not take penalties. We want to try to be strong on the walls. We want to try and use four lines. We want to try and use six defensemen. If everybody’s doing that at home, you have a chance to win.”

On venturing to stay out of the box against San Jose:
“We don’t take penalties. Last series, the lowest penalized team in the league was the Los Angeles Kings. We expect the penalties to be even, and expect it to be low. You can play a physical game without taking penalties. Generally stick infractions are not good penalties, and we try not to take penalties in the offensive zone. That basically takes care of a lot of business when you think about it. You don’t take penalties 160 feet from your goalie and you don’t take stick fouls. Pretty much leave it to referees to allow clean, legal plays.”

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