Sutter on officiating, composure
Following Monday’s practice, Darryl Sutter responded to a question regarding Trevor Lewis’ temperament after Game 3. It evolved into a discussion over the team’s frustration that Jonathan Quick weathered more contact than Antti Niemi in Game 3, the nature of how the officials become aware of such contact, and the preferred way to react to the officials in such a situation.
On Trevor Lewis being “really down” after the Game 3 loss:
“Heck, I talked to him on the way home, and that’s only 45 minutes. I talked to him on the airplane, and I didn’t think he was ‘really down.’ I thought he was getting ready again. [Reporter: Is there anything that maybe you said to him to help him get over that moment?] Over what moment? [Reporter: Being in the penalty box and watching the game-winning goal happen there in overtime?] You know what? I have the same frustration that the players had, and it was nothing to do with being “down”, believe me. It was that our goaltender had been made contact with a lot more than their goaltender.”
On whether the team communicates officiating queries to the league:
“They can handle it. They get all the video they want, and we don’t have it during the game, right? So we can’t use the emotional response as any sort of an advantage to us, and that’s what we talked about with Jonathan. When you guys ask about Jonathan, there’s nothing to gain by reacting to an official, because what’s the advantage of it? Nothing. As long as they’re aware of what other teams are doing, and we’re a good enough team that we handle that really well, and we will continue to.”