January 16 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On what he saw in the game:

On what Jonathan Quick means to the Kings:
He’s a number one goalie. Like everybody that has a number one goalie, he gives you the stability. He made some big saves in the third period. He did a good job tonight.

On Colin Fraser’s line, and how energy players impacted the game:
To win on the road, you can’t win with – we’ve tried it with eight or nine forwards and four defense, and it doesn’t work. So we give them some ice time, and I thought Fras was outstanding tonight.

On Trevor Lewis:
I’m glad they changed that first one. I was going to tell him he can’t let it go to his head, right? [Reporter: He works so hard. He does a lot of little things.] It was good. You know what? We put Stolly and Kinger and Lewie back together, and that gave us a little stability and they did a good job.

On Jake Muzzin’s hit on Vladimir Sobotka:
Big guy and a short guy.

On the challenges of playing in St. Louis:
Tough rink. Tough building. Always has been, always will be. I’ve heard that music before the game, that thumpin’, enough in 35 years to know that you better know what’s going on when you get here. The reason not many teams win here obviously now [is] hey, they’re extremely well coached and they’ve got a hell of a hockey team. It’s no deep, dark secret.

On the stretch of games away from STAPLES Center:
Not away from Staples Center. We’ve got like 10 in 20 days or something, right up until break. So it’s not necessarily where or where you’re away from. We’re not really even going home, are we? Every game is basically a road game until the break for us. [Reporter: So was it good to start it out with a win, get two points?] It’s good to win, yeah. I mean, it’s way better to win than lose.

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Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


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Born: December 21, 1993
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#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

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


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


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Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
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Handedness: Right


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Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
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Handedness: Left


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