January 25 postgame quotes: Sutter, Purcell, Brodzinski - LA Kings Insider

Brett Sutter, on Kurtis MacDermid’s hit on Taylor Beck and how it changed the course of the game:
Dermy plays a hard game every night and you just watch the determination he puts into standing up to a guy like that, fighting him a couple times, got the bench going. He goes to war and he started it off for us.

Sutter, on the pride he takes into drawing the penalty that resulted in the game-winning power play goal:
I think as the game went on, especially in the third period, we started moving our feet more. And we knew it was a matter of time we’d either score a goal or draw a penalty and fortunately enough on that play the guy wrapped his arms on me and I was able to keep my feet going. I think a lot of role players on our team might not get a lot of credit for stuff like that but we’ve got a lot of guys that do some real good work down there and it might be the highlight-reel guy every not but they do a real good job down there.

Teddy Purcell, on contributing again following a lull after the holiday break:
It feels good. After the new year there it was a bit of a rut. I think most of it for me was just mentally getting back to doing the simple things. Sometimes you have a little bit more time than you think and maybe make the extra play or hold on there for a second and get away from some of your work habits a little bit. So just to get back on track with that the last couple games feels good.

Purcell, on if he felt like he surprised Amadio in the second with his pass to set up the goal:
He’s a kid that’s learning. When I was a younger I missed a lot of those plays too but the only way to get better at it is to learn and to play with older players who have some experience. I thought he had a great game tonight. It’s nice to see him contribute and get some confidence back. Les made a good play across and I tried to catch them out of position and I threw it over. I was a little mad at first because I thought he did bobble it but he ended up getting back and he made a great play after. So he totally redeemed himself and I gave him a pack on the back instead of a kick in the bum there tonight.

Purcell, on MacDermid’s hit and fights to follow and how they changed the course of the game:
Dermy’s been a player that obviously can play the physical game but he’s coming into his own and making plays and feeling more confident. He’s a big part of our D core, so he steps up, makes that big play and gets into the first fight that he wasn’t ready for and steps up and fights again. We really rallied around that and we wanted to go out in the third period and execute and beat them on the scoreboard and we did tonight and he’s a big reason for that.

Jonny Brodzinski, on the game overall:
I felt like the first two periods we didn’t really play our game. A lot of penalties right away and they’re a really good team on the power play. Strayed away from that towards the end of the second and into the third. I thought the third we played our game, really took it to them and closed that one out.

Brodzinski, on MacDermid’s hit and fights to follow and how they changed the course of the game:
It just gets everybody going on the bench, especially two big guys like that. I know Dermy was pretty angry after the first one. He didn’t get his good looks in so he wanted a second one. It gets everybody going on the bench. I think the spirits got up after that and I think toward the end of the second was when everybody started, we need to finish this one out and get the win.

Brodzinski, on the power play:
Tonight we weren’t great. Didn’t get a lot of good break-ins. The puck possession wasn’t a big thing on the power play today but obviously the goal that we scored it was a good break-in, kicked it out wide, drove it deep and then got it back out to the point, kicked it around a little bit and a shot, tip, goal. Seems pretty simple.

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Born: DOB: 2/17/1996
Birthplace: KINGSFORD, MI
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