March 22 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On Saturday’s loss to Vancouver:
As I said after the game, we had lots of chances to go up two, and we haven’t been able to do that lately. Four clear cut – Kinger had two, Andreoff had one, and Tyler.

On conversations with hockey operations on Mike Richards:
Well, that’s none of your business, but I think the question was asked then when you were throwing him under the bus – the media was – that I said I trusted Mike Richards, and I still think he’s a good player, so that’s all you need to know from my standpoint. Everything else in the organization, you can ask them.

On how Richards will be used:
It’s no difference from anybody else. We’re trying to get production and performance, and we’re not into anything other than trying to win hockey games. It’s not summer development camp. We’re trying to win hockey games. I think we’ve given some guys ample ice time that haven’t produced, and now it’s Mike’s turn again. If you produce, you get to play.

On whether the Kings have generated enough quality scoring chances lately:
For sure. Over the last two games, Anaheim and last night, for sure. If you get those top chances, you’d better score. If in fact it is playoff-style hockey and playoff style games, then that’s what you get, and you’ve got to score. It’s not really that hard to figure that out. You’ve got to work your ass off to get scoring chances, and when you get ‘em, you’ve got to bear down. Look at last night. Everybody’s making a big deal because Vancouver beat Los Angeles. Well, once in a while, Vancouver’s going to beat Los Angeles, and quite honest, we beat ‘em three-two in Vancouver, and we scored two goals in the last couple minutes. We were opportunistic when we beat ‘em three-two, and they were opportunistic last night. I’m not being critical of our team because everybody else is good at it.

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