December 17 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On Martin Jones’ performance:
He was strong tonight. The team was solid.

On Martin Jones’ contributions:
You know what? As I said before, we’re a tired hockey team. Our goalie shouldn’t be tired. They don’t have to play every game.

On what has impressed him about the Kings in December:
I was impressed with our team tonight. [Reporter: Why?] Why? Tough haul. Tough stretch of games. Tough travel back. Teams waiting for us. It’s tough sledding. You score the one goal, and you’re basically fighting the whole night.

On the challenges of winning the first game at home after a road trip:
We haven’t had a problem with that. That’s something somebody used to talk about, the first game back from a trip. That hasn’t affected us at all other than the fatigue of this one.

On the team’s success on home ice:
It doesn’t matter. You try and win every game. It doesn’t mean you do.

On Jordan Nolan:
We needed him to give us some energy tonight. The line didn’t play much. I tried to just play lines as much as I could, but the line didn’t play much, so they had to give us some energy in the third. Hey, he scored a big goal in Montreal, too. He scored a big goal tonight.

On limiting the Oilers in the third period:
They had some energy, those young legs. You know what? They had some energy in the third, and quite honest, on the breakaway, that makes the difference in the game. I don’t think he got a shot on it. That could’ve been the difference.

On the Sharks visiting on Thursday:
We’ve got to get a little break, a little rester, get ready for ‘em again.

On what Dustin Brown means for the franchise, given his 400th career point:
He came out of the penalty box. [Reporter: He’s the face of this franchise. He’s been doing it for years now. What do you see when you watch Dustin Brown play?] I don’t necessarily think one player is the face of the franchise. This is a good hockey team.

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