December 28 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On whether there was a lack of bounces, or whether there was something else he didn’t like:
I think the first period we took a couple penalties, they scored on the first one. I think it was Muzzin high sticked Eriksson on a lost draw, and they scored right away, so you’re chasing it right away. I thought we got stronger as the game went on, that’s for sure.

On a difficult bounce for Peter Budaj on the second goal:
It’s two-on-two down they ice. They shouldn’t get a shot. Our defenseman on that side of the ice has got to get a stick on puck, out [of the zone] there and not on a bounce by the net.

On whether the Kings were “unlucky” not to tie the game:
I don’t think they had many after the first period, but at the end, they score on the first shot of the second period and it’s 2-0 with about 39 minutes left, so you are chasing it then.

On whether he was happy to see Devin Setoguchi reach 500 games in the NHL:
Of course I am. Gave him a great opportunity, and he’s taken advantage of it.

On whether the Christmas break had an impact on the slow start:
I don’t think so. We were on the road for – it’s almost like the first game after a long trip, when you think about it. We played the seven and then went home. We had good energy yesterday, I just think that we don’t have a lot of scoring in our lineup, especially with Tyler out, and if you get down one, you’re fine, but if you get down two, you’re playing a different game then.

On generating a push but being unable to tie the game:
I thought we got through the first period. We took those two or three penalties, and Dowd had two, and they scored on Muzzin’s right away. None of ‘em are very good penalties, quite honest. So we got through that all right, and then they scored on the first shift [of the second period]. We had a scoring chance, and then they come back down and score, and then you’re chasing it.

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