March 1 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On what has made the difference in the four-game winning streak:
Not really much. Scored a big goal tonight. Won in two different ways on the road. Not too much different.

On whether the Kings benefited from the Olympic break:
I think the guys who won the gold medal will tell you that they did.

On Alec Martinez’s game-winning goal:
It was a power play, and we’re trying to get our defensemen to shoot, and we were doing a good job, Drew and Slava, prior to that. Muzz and Marty went out and did it again.

On an “efficient” performance by Jonathan Quick:
When you look at it, at the tournament he had three days early in there between games. That’s one of the things that he told me when he came back – he felt good. They had three goalies, so he had a good rest the way it worked…He didn’t play him in Colorado, so he had five days again. He felt fresh, and we gave the four guys that got back late a day off yesterday. I was more worried – not worried – but the concern is obviously Jeff and Drew more than anybody else because they had played the longest and played last.

On whether Drew Doughty’s minutes were cut back:
He had 28 minutes or more. Right around there. I can usually be pretty close on it. [Reporter: I think Regehr played more.] Than Drew? [Reporter: Yeah.] No. I’ll bet you. How much do you want to bet? Do you want to bet a hundred dollars a minute? For sure Drew played seven or eight minutes more. Drew-Slava, for sure – the two right defensemen played a lot tonight.

On what Jarret Stoll gives to the team:
It’s balance with our centermen. We’re trying to get Vey a few minutes, see if he can contribute to our team somehow. Stolly can off-set it, and between Mike and Jeff and Lewis and Kopi, you’ve got lots of guys who can take faceoffs and play center, so you know what? The question you asked about – does the break benefit players? Well, the break benefits older players if they take care of themselves during their break, and Jarret Stoll is a guy that takes pretty good care of himself.

On the Kings winning all three games in a compacted stretch of the schedule:
We’ve got a tough fourth game coming up in this stretch.

On whether he saw what he wanted from Tanner Pearson:
Just keep mixing those young guys – Cliffy, Jordy, Toffoli, Pearson, Vey, keep mixing them in and out of the lineup ‘til somebody grabs it.

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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.