December 21 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter
On Martin Jones’ accomplishments:
I don’t want to talk about it. Talk about the team. One guy doesn’t win games.
On the team’s turnaround at the end of the first period:
You know what? Our last two shifts of the first period were really good. They had an icing, so we were able to get Kopi’s line out there and they scored, and we were able to play the last 30 seconds with the puck because of Colin Fraser’s line. It wasn’t just the last shift. It was the two last shifts.
On the Kings looking to “stay out of the box”:
Well, you’re going to get penalties. It’s not ‘Stay out of the box,’ but Jarret’s was a tripping penalty. They’re both penalties – Jarret’s and Mike’s – against a team like that, especially when you’ve got Duchene, who’s arguably the best player in the league right now. You can’t take those.
On the team’s defense in front of Jones:
They had a rough night. [Reporter: Why is that?] Because we’re so used to playing at a high level. It’s not ‘Why is that?’ We do have the best goals against in the league, so we expect to play at a high level. So why is that? We expect not to be OK. We expect to be better than OK every night. [Reporter: You were pretty good at even strength though, weren’t you?] Yes.