October 3 postgame quotes: Sutter, Doughty - LA Kings Insider

Darryl Sutter, on the team playing “good enough to win”:
“Two-one. Try and get a chance, and score.”

Sutter, on whether Jonathan Quick got “better and better” as the game progressed:
You know, the first goal, there’s no sense talking about it. I reviewed it. He played good…He played good the whole game. It was good to see him in the shootout, because the I think the last time we were in here we lost in a shootout…He was good.

Sutter, on what Justin Williams has done well to earn penalty kill time:
He’s killed penalties before. Brownie is still not to that level where you can use him in those minutes. It’s good to have that guy – between him and Kyle, either lefties or righties to put in…out there.

Sutter, on his evaluation of Willie Mitchell’s regular season return:
He’s having a hard time with the pace.

Sutter, on Quick’s performance in the second period:
I think it was mostly power play, and their opportunities were mostly that. You need your goaltender to be very good when you’re killing penalties, especially with the guys they can put out there.

Sutter, on the dynamic with Drew Doughty and Slava Voynov on the power play together:
Well, the goal, obviously the dynamic there is the one-timer. Between Kopi and – it doesn’t matter, Slava or Drew – who’s on top.

Sutter, on Trevor Lewis’ key shot block:
Trevor’s good. He’s going to give the same game every night, and that’s something we learned from looking at last year, reviewing last year, he was our best road forward. When we broke it all out, he and Dwight King were the best road forwards. Obviously we need them to be good again.

Drew Doughty, on what the team did to gain momentum back in the third period:
I think we just finally picked it up. We didn’t have two very good first periods. The first was OK. The second, I felt like we were in our D-zone the whole time. That takes a toll on you and makes you tired, but the boys didn’t give up in that third. We kept taking it to ‘em, trying to get more chances, and we just kept banging away and got a rebound goal, and that’s how we want to score our goals.

Doughty, on how much of the second period can be chalked up to “the first game of the year”:
I’m sure it is, and those guys use the energy of the crowd. The crowd here is always amazing, and they came out hard. That’s exactly what we want to do, and we didn’t do that. We just had to come back and Quickie kind of had to stand on his head for a little bit as usual. We just had to kind of try to clear those rebounds out, and luckily we did.

Doughty, on Trevor Lewis’ key shot block:
Yeah, that was great. I don’t think he had his stick, either, so he was just playing straight up goalie there. I was on the bench there, and I thought for sure it was going in the net. Trevor just came out of nowhere and made a huge save, and I know Quickie was thanking him for that one.

Doughty, on whether the team relies on Jonathan Quick more early in the season:
I don’t think we ever want to ‘rely’ on him. We don’t ever kind of come into a game, like, ‘Oh, we have Quickie back there.’ We do know that in the back of our heads, but we never want to go into a game thinking that. We’ve got to think we want to have Quickie to have the least amount of work possible. Tonight we gave him too much work, so whether he’s in net or not tomorrow, we definitely have to be tilting the ice the other way.

Doughty, on developing the chemistry with Slava Voynov, and whether they “communicate without talking”:
No, we talk a lot. I would say I’m probably the closest with Slava out of anyone else on the team. For a couple years now we’ve been saying that we want to play on that power play together. We love having the dual righty and being able to take one-timers from two spots. We work on one-timers after practice every single day. Slava put it in my sweet spot, and Brownie made a great screen, and all I had to do was hit the net, and it was going in.

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Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


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