Below are full comments from coach Darryl Sutter‘s post game press conference following the Kings 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. See if you can pull out a few of his popular three-word Sutterisms…
On the balanced effort from the team – “We got lots from… probably half of our shots came from our defense. The power play scored a big goal in the second, and a penalty-shot goal.”
On the killer instinct in the second period – “I thought, emotionally, our second period was a strong period. That’s all I was trying to get, was to emotionally draw something out of them tonight.”
On Justin Williams eight-game point streak – “Their line wasn’t as effective tonight. I don’t know if Kopi and Brownie even had shots on goal. So, I don’t think if they were nearly as effective tonight.”
[For the record, neither Kopitar nor Brown officially registered a shot on goal.]
On any concern about losing momentum over the long break – “Not really. We lost our last game and won tonight, so I don’t really think there’s much momentum going on in this league, other than from teams that win seven or eight in a row. That’s the way it is. With the schedule, especially out West, the schedule and the travel and the pounding (the players) take, we get five days. It’s really not that much for guys that are playing hurt tonight.”
On Trevor Lewis’ penalty shot goal – “On the bench, I said, `Who should take that?’ Because it has to be somebody from the ice. Both Mike Richards and Brownie turned around and said, `Lewie.’ So it was good to see. After the fact, it’s easy to say, `Oh, you picked the right guy,’ right? He’s had three shootout chances and he has made good moves on all of them, so it was good to see him score.”
On Kyle Clifford’s strong game – “It’s good to see him get a Gordie Howe Hat Trick. The last time he had a fight in here, we didn’t play as well right after and we talked about it. A kid like that goes to war for you, you better respond in an emotional way for him.”
On the fourth line’s overall play – “We had a different player on it tonight. All of those guys have to play hard and bang. If they don’t, they’re not very effective. We still have a lot of work to do. We’ve moved Cliffy around, but for the most part, as his career moves along he can give more than that.”
On the energy from the fourth line – “Ottawa has a big hitting team. We have some guys who play like that and it’s important to do.”
On the play of Kevin Westgarth – “He has to play within his limitations and can’t be taking penalties or turning pucks over. He did a good job of that tonight.”
To see what was being said over in the Senators locker room – where much of the talk was about the validity of the penalty shot awarded to the Kings – click here. Video highlights can also be seen here.
The Kings don’t return to practice until next Monday afternoon. However, we’ll have more notes and quotes up later today and have additional articles planned for remainder of the week.