May 27 media availability: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On entering Game 5 with a 3-1 series lead:
Well, we know it’s a tough building to come into. We can take that experience away from it. I believe they were 7-0 in the playoffs coming into this series. We know it will be tough. We know what the crowd is like. We know how they play in this building. It’s a big challenge.

On the difference from last year’s series:
Clearly personnel. Not just personnel that’s changed. Obviously there’s Gaborik and Pearson, Toffoli. Robyn played that series, didn’t play this one. Muzzin played. Didn’t play very much. Martinez, did he play at all against them? You know, just that in itself is five or six players. That’s fairly significant. Guys are making a contribution now. Mike Richards was hurt. Came back at the end of it. Stolly just came into this series. Was off of a concussion. Wasn’t 100%. That’s why every playoffs is different. You can’t compare. It’s so hard to compare years to years to years just because of that. Especially when you get into the third round, the marathon of the whole deal in terms of injury, just things like that.

On whether any one player deserves credit in the effort to “shut down” Patrick Kane:
No. I think for sure it’s not one guy. It has to be by committee. Really, we haven’t shut him down. I mean, I said it yesterday, he’s had glorious opportunities. You’re not totally going to shut those guys down. You just want them to run away with something, have a big game, that’s when you have trouble. Quite honest, if you’re talking about last year’s series, that’s the last thing I remember, last shot on goal was his.

On whether it’s a “luxury” to have four good centers:
Well, if all four guys are in the lineup. Last year they weren’t. If you’re looking back at ’12, you know, Kopi had played one playoff series in his career, I believe. He was probably looked on as somebody that didn’t have any experience. Jarret had played in one series with the Kings. It was Mike’s first year. Colin Fraser was playing center and Jeff was playing wing. So this is a totally different group. In terms of experience, in terms of having some success together, this is quite a bit different.

On the details of keeping the power play “more simple”:
Well, first of all, you have to have the puck. If you’re continually breaking the puck out or trying to break the puck into the other team’s zone, that means you’re not spending much time there. It might look nice, some of the break outs. At the end of the day, during a power play, you should only have to do it once or twice because you get to start in the offensive zone. The big thing is trying to win the faceoff and get possession, then not over-pass the puck. Kind of an old-time thing, about there’s a thing about not passing the puck into the net. Sometimes guys, because most of them are your skill players, your top-end guys on a power play, they pass it around. They go past their best opportunity. If you try to get them to simplify one or two passes, or where they shoot from or where the other team’s tendencies from and make sure somebody is in front of the net. I think every goal we scored, that’s in the zone where the set up looks like a power play is the one where the goalie is screened.

On the degree to which players can improve their power play success over their careers:
I think it’s something they definitely can practice. It’s something that everybody in the league really pays attention to. I think we do a lot of work. You can do a lot of work with video now breaking it down. It’s pretty easy to run a tape on, say, Chicago’s centermen or San Jose’s centermen, Anaheim’s centermen. Guys like to look at that, see what extension and weaknesses are. I’m sure every team does that now. Clearly it’s one of the things you look at with young centermen is how are they on faceoffs and are they working to improve on it. It’s a special skill. It’s one of those stats in hockey when you say you’re 50%, you know, if that was us in school, we’d be going again. [Reporter: How seriously do you take that stat?] Significant, especially if it’s into a matchup deal or into a top player deal. I talk to players lots about it. Get their input on who they think they can handle, what side of the ice in certain situations. All the time. [Reporter: It looks like you have left your centers out in most every situation.] In this series? Because they tell me they’re comfortable with it. In fact, Stolly and Kopy took most of them last night. Jeff probably took more last night than he has in any of the prior three games.

On teams that experienced success in a short season finding success again in 2013-14:
Teams this year? ‘Cause they’re good teams and they’re used to winning. As the season goes along, if they’re in the playoff race, they start getting that feeling where they’ve turned the corner, looking for home. They’re used to winning. There’s something extra there. Good teams, once in a while they get upset, a bunch of injuries or something like that come into it, you go out early. When you’re a good team, that’s what you talk about, is May and June, then the players play better. They remember winning. They remember losing. That’s the best part of long runs is how good it feels and how bad it feels. Teams that go in once in a while or make the playoffs and are happy to be there, they don’t get the same feeling. There’s something about winning it or losing it in the end that sticks with you. I think as an athlete, that’s what motivates you more than anything.

On how the team is feeling:
I think we’re in a good place in terms of understanding that we’re playing a really good hockey team, knowing full well we’ll get the full charge tomorrow night. We’ll have to be ready for it.

On not looking ahead or behind:
The toughest game to win in every series is the fourth game. Doesn’t matter if it’s the fourth game or the fifth game or the sixth game or the seventh game, it’s the toughest one to win. That’s all that you can look at.

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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.