May 16 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter

Opening statement:
“It has not been a good day. I lost my glasses early this morning and I had to go buy a pair of 79 dollar reading glasses today. 79 bucks. You can literally get them at Costco, three-for-20.”

On the win:
“We found a way. You know what/ The power play was on. We’ve been talking about it. We’ve been getting good looks on it and good opportunities and not finishing, and we got it from different guys, quite honest. It was good to see Brownie score a goal, break out hopefully, and Lewis scoring the winner and Toffoli making a great play.”

On the power play:
“Well, penalty killing was probably just as important. I mean, their power play – they thrive on their power play, quite honest, and they did score a goal I think two seconds after a power play. Jonathan made a great save on I think it was Wingels on the one.”

On the power play “unit”:
“It wasn’t a unit. I think we used 14 guys tonight on the power play, so I wouldn’t say there was a unit.”

On whether Anze Kopitar leaving “his blood on the ice” inspired the team:
“Not really. They scored after it. They made it three-two while he was in getting…work done.”

On the lift provided by Kopitar’s return:
“Well, he’s fresh.”

On any concerns from the Game 2 effort:
“Nope. Every question you ask – we shouldn’t have even won a game yet. When you go to 16 teams in the playoffs, there’s a good chance the other team is going to be leading a game at some point. I have yet to have a series or a game where you totally control the whole game. I was hoping the experience of you watching that you’d grab onto that. We’re playing a really good hockey club, and there’s a good chance they’re going to have momentum, too.”

On scoring twice within 22 seconds late in the game:
“Well if we wouldn’t have, then we’d have been going to overtime. If we wouldn’t have scored the first one, then we’d have lost, and then you’d still be asking that question. That’s how close it was. It was three-two with a little bit left. You know what? Both teams took, I think, a total of five stick fouls tonight, which both teams would say is unacceptable, and the puck that goes over the glass that puts them five-on-three, you know what? There’s nothing you can do about it. If you score on it, you should, five-on-three.”

On Brad Richardson stepping in for Jarret Stoll:
“I thought he was nervous.”

On the team’s performances at home:
“I think you have to win in a lot of different ways. I don’t think there’s a consistent pattern to it at all. It’s like taking tonight and going to the last game. What was the difference tonight and the last game? I didn’t like how many penalties we took, our penalty killing did a good job, but our power play came through for us. You couldn’t say that about [last game]. I think every game is different.”

On Doughty holding the puck in prior to the tying goal and his ability to elevate his game:
“I thought he struggled early in the game tonight. I think that he got better as it went along. I think that as a group we have to defend a lot better.”

On whether the Kings were tentative to shoot:
“I think they blocked. No, not tentativeness. I think they blocked a lot of shots. You have to get pucks through. We had actually more in the first period. They had four shots in the first shift, and then most on the power play. But our shots, we had one great chance in the first period and we scored on it. And we had a lot of shots blocked. Scott Hannan, Brad [Stuart] – a lot of pucks hit them. You’ve got to be able to have the composure to shoot it between their legs and make the goalie make a save.”

On whether Tyler Toffoli is “rising to the occasion”:
“We expect him to play well if we play him.”

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