May 13 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On “working through” consistency issues:
I don’t think we’re really “working through” it. We’re trying to maximize what we’ve got in the lineup. [Reporter: You felt that you guys have had a consistent performance?] Maybe we’ve played as good as we can. [Reporter: Have you?] Maybe we have. [Reporter: In which case?] We’ve played well enough to win two and to stay in other ones, and we’re trying to find out if we still can. [Reporter: How in the end would you all assess that you’ve played as well as you can? How do you know that there’s not more there that you can get out of them?] Well, we think there is. Sometimes it’s just not about X’s and O’s. Sometimes it’s about maybe as a team we’ve played as we can, when you do it all from a format standpoint. But maybe there are guys who can play better.

On the encouragement from the third period of Game 5:
You know what? The last two games, they scored the two quick goals in Game 4 – two goals in what, a minute? And they scored two goals last night in like two minutes, which means that even though they’re power play goals, both of them, it’s not the same group on the ice. I think the goal last night after the power play, when you talk about the consistency, well, you’ve got some guys who are having to play different situations and extra minutes now, and if they weren’t playing, they’d be bitching and moaning because they weren’t. So when they do, there’s the old rule about skate, pass, shoot – those things. But just execute, just do that. Just maximize your skill set. That’s it.

On the decision to leave Jonathan Quick in Game 5 after he had been removed after allowing two goals in Game 4:
It’s more of after period. I don’t like really doing it while it’s going on because I think the guy on the bench might not be ready, and we know how important both guys are. It doesn’t matter that it’s a series. I just think (with) that position, it’s just better if you let them know. Like, with the game that we took Jonathan out, I told Marty right away, and I told Jonathan right away. I think that’s how I feel, the respect that I have for them to do that.

On any comfort taken from the players having fought from behind before:
Yeah, you know what? I think I’ve been through it more than any of them. At the end of the day, there’s probably not many coaches that have been in as many games. So that’s something that I’m comfortable with. [Reporter: It’s not a comfortable thing, though, for anybody, right?] I’d rather be playing a Game 6 in May than playing Game 82 on the 15th of April, saying, ‘Ooh, I can’t wait to watch the playoffs.’ Hey, it’s the way it works. Teams are close. As a coach, you go in expecting to win every game. If you don’t, you shouldn’t be in this league. We’ve been down that road- [Reporter: A few times.] Right. So you go in expecting to win every game. Obviously that doesn’t happen, otherwise somebody would go 82-0 and somebody would go 16-0. But if you have that mindset, that’s a good one to have.

On Anaheim’s strong play, not necessarily “what the Kings are doing wrong”:
Yeah, I don’t think we say that. It’s two good hockey clubs. Basically, other than the empty netter, they’re all one-goal games, so you know what? Maybe we’ll get the one more tomorrow night.

On how to get back to better puck management and playing “Kings Hockey”:
I think that’s individual stuff. Normally if you don’t play that way, then you get to watch up where it’s cold. But we’re not in that position right now. You’ve got to play.

On any luck over Anaheim’s ability to capitalize on a high degree of opportunities:
First off, they scored 266 goals this year, so obviously they do have that ability to finish opportunities. So that’s that. If you’re just doing it on last night, I mean, all four lines scored a goal if you look at it, even though one’s a power play goal. All four lines for them scored. So that’s capitalizing on opportunities. Were there many? There weren’t many. We’ve seen that through this series in three of the games where there was a big discrepancy in the shooting. We felt we had as many opportunities as they did, but you’ve got to finish it off, too.

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
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.