January 9 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On a game featuring two top defensive teams:
We were able to score the second goal. Early in the second period Willie scores the power play goal. It gives you a two-goal lead

On Jeff Carter registering six shots on goal in the first period:
I think he had probably seven or eight good opportunities. He pretty much gives it to us every night

On scoring goals off rushes against a strong defensive team:
It’s just what I said. Jeff scored a big goal. Kopi forces a guy on his backhand, turns the puck over, and Justin Williams scores a power play goal in the first minute of the second period.

On the team’s 13-2-2 record against the Eastern Conference:
Well, we haven’t played ‘em all yet. We still get some [teams] in their buildings.

On asking for more from depth players, and getting a goal from Alec Martinez:
Marty played good. It’s a faceoff goal, right? Richards wins that draw, and it goes Regehr-Martinez. Forwards win the race to the net and the goalie doesn’t see it. Brown’s goal was Jarret Stoll wins a faceoff, and Justin Williams makes a good play.

On what he liked most about his team’s performance:
It’s what I said the other tonight. We’re playing good. We’ve played good for six or seven games. We’ve got five of the last six points. We had a little bit of breathing room in terms of not having to protect a one-goal lead.

On whether he’ll wear the boots presented to him in the pre-game ceremony behind the bench:
Aw, hell. I thought I was going to get a tractor. [Reporter: That’s 2,000 games.] I’m over 2,000. Easily over that.

On the importance of scoring the game’s first goal:
You know what? The league is teams that score first. It’s tough to chase leads. Teams are too close.

On facing the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday:
We practice tomorrow.

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.