October 13 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter
On Ben Scrivens’ performance:
He was very good. He was sharp early, made some big saves, handled the puck well, which we need him to do. He was working with our defensemen.
On Daniel Carcillo’s performance:
He’s trying to stay in the lineup. He’s only played one or two games for us.
On where he has been “pleasantly surprised” early in the season:
Not surprises, but I think Kopitar continues to be a dominant player for us.
On whether this is the type of result generated by the Kings when things are going well:
Tough to get a shutout, so I think every team would say that.
On the forwards and defense working in concert as five-man units:
Didn’t give up any odd-man rushes. Stayed out of the penalty box. Didn’t turn the puck over. You do that, you give yourself a chance to win.
On what areas need additional work:
On how close the Kings are to playing the way he wants them to play:
It’s early in the year. You know what? Not that big a deal. If we’d have lost tonight, then he’d be asking what was wrong. It’s early in the year. You find different ways to get points. You have a lot of guys that are finding their way still. [Reporter: Well, I guess what I’m trying to say is considering all that and guys trying to find their way, it’s three straight wins, and these wins are important down the road.] As long as we play well. You can’t win every game. As long as you play well. I mean, we’ve played well. Other than one period against the Rangers, I’ve liked every game we’ve played. But unfortunately we didn’t win ‘em all. You just try and get your best players [going], and trying to be consistent, and trying to get guys ice time that are trying to find their way, and as the year goes on, get better.
On whether he had seen much of Scrivens prior to this season:
Not live, no. Never. As I said in training camp, he was one guy that got better as camp went on for us, right? Because it’s not easy for new players, especially coming from east conference to west conference. Even when you set him up, how he’s going to play, that’s the only thing I looked at, was conference, and not ours.
On whether he puts much stock in a 3-1 road record:
No, just trying to find ways to get points. We started on the road. You know that we start with six out of eight on the road, so you can’t get behind the eight ball on the road. So when you start with six out of eight, then you have to be prepared to find ways to win, because you’re probably not going to win ‘em al. So the ones where you have a chance to win – meaning you have a lead, not chasing a lead, not being in the penalty box, not worrying about what the referee calls, not worrying about a mistake or a bad play or something like that – then you become a better team.