December 10 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On how Tuesday’s game compares to over road performances:
Two points. Leave town.

On what worked well in the win:
Killed a couple penalties in the first period – three, actually. Two after the 10-minute mark, which was probably the difference in the game.

On why Los Angeles has been one of the top teams in the Western Conference:
Got to play 82 games. 41 in your house, 41 in everybody else’s house. You’re trying to play the same way all the time.

On a heavy amount of shots allowed early in the game:
I think they had 11 or 12 on the power play. They score one there, it could have been a little difference, right?

On why this was a rout when the team often plays well and wins lower scoring games:
Our defensemen scored two goals [and] we scored two on faceoffs.

On the team’s first power play goal since November 19:
It would’ve been better if it was a big one.

On the decision to start Martin Jones:
Basically, we were going to rotate ‘em the last few games, but Ben wasn’t ready to play in the start he was supposed to have.

On the team persevering after being heavily outshot early:
Once in a while you get outshot. When you take three penalties on home ice in one period, you’ll get outshot. It’s a good power play. Montreal’s a good hockey club if you look at it. They’re in the top five or six in all the major categories. I don’t think it’s that big a deal. You’re going to lose, and you’re going to win.

On whether he could recall the last time his goaltenders were such strong penalty killers:
Yeah, I would say I’ll bet if you check, most of Jonathan Quick’s games. [Reporter: It’s like a .957 save percentage between Scrivens and Jones when the team is shorthanded. What do you make of that?] I would say I would bet if you did most teams that were above 85% [on the penalty kill] their goaltenders would be – if you go 0-for-4 on the power play, it’s a good chance they have a 1.000 save percentage.

On the Kings’ first ever shutout of Montreal:
That’s pretty neat. I know I talked to some guys on the plane yesterday, and I was excited to come to Montreal. They weren’t players, but they were people who had been with Kings for a long time. They weren’t excited.

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