March 1 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter
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.