Darryl Sutter talks disputed goals, Doughty, home-ice, etc

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With only four games remaining on their 48-game, lockout shortened season, the Kings were looking for their first victory at home against the Stars this year.  More importantly though, they were hoping to pick up two big points on Sunday night and inch closer to securing home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs.

It ended up being a penalty filled game with plenty of confusion surrounding missed calls and disputed goals.  When it was all over, here’s what coach Darryl Sutter had to share about LA’s 4-3 overtime win…

- On the high stick goal: “The three guys in the back should call that on the second one. And it’s not a disallowed goal, because it’s the play before that. So the goal is the right call, but the high stick is not the right call. You want them guys to make that call.”

- On the team having the resiliency to bounce back from that: “Well, really we felt Lewey’s goal was a goal also. Should’ve been. So you know what? You just kind of gotta play through it, and we talked about it after the second period. Really, two lucky goals they scored against us. We thought we deserved a little bit better. Just find a way to win it and get through it.”

- On if he got an explanation on Lewis’ disallowed goal: “Well obviously he either blew the whistle, or…No he didn’t. He didn’t do much explaining to us.”

- On the separation gained over San Jose tonight: “You know, we just wanna try and win games. That’s what I’ve said. It’s not (scoreboard) watching – or honestly, what anybody else does. I just want us to take care of our own business, and who we play is who we play, right? The only team nobody should wanna play quite honestly is the team that’s only lost five games this year. So you do anything you can to not play them. I don’t think we’re selective about that. I don’t think anybody is.”

- On home-ice being within reach: “Yup, and that’s, you know we’ve talked about that, but that’s the end result. You don’t get a whole bunch at once. You get one (point). Even at the end of regulation you got one. So you try and get the other.”

- On Jonathan Quick’s play: “He’s been really good for us lately. I think that’s kind of on record, of him saying that it’s about winning games, and us saying that it’s about giving us a chance to win.”

- On if Jonathan Bernier will get a start this week: “You know what? It’s something we’ll talk about. I haven’t really thought about it. We’ll talk tomorrow in the plane about it, and make a decision. I haven’t even went there yet.”

- On if he still expects Carter to score every game given the streaky nature of his game: “I’d like him to. I’m sure he’d like to. I mean, we’d like everybody to score every game.”

- On it being a long time since Anze Kopitar has scored: “Yeah, geez. I’m glad he’s playing well. He’s just gotta finish. Even last game when he (had one) off the mask. You know, you think that he missed the net, but it’s off. You know what? It’s the right play. He’s gonna score. He’s handling the puck well. I’m not really worried about that part. I’m worried about the whole package also.”

- On if he was happy to see the burst of speed from Dustin Penner: “Yeah. Several bursts, that’s a good one. The line was good, and they were on for two bad goals, right? So give them credit. The line has to be good. It’s not him, or one, or two, talking about Jeff being streaky, Penner having bursts, Mike Richards playing against the top centers, it doesn’t matter. The line has to be good. That’s what playoff teams or teams going to the playoffs are about. It’s not about mixing and matching.”

- On Drew Doughty’s confidence level: “Drew struggled early, and he was awesome for, how many minutes did he play tonight? So I’d say the last 15 minutes he was – you know what? He got his teeth knocked out last game, and he wasn’t feeling all that good tonight, and he still gave us (a lot). That’s courage. He showed his character again the last part of the game.”

- On facing desperate teams in the upcoming games: “Every team we’ve played is fairly desperate. When it’s that close I don’t think it’s…It was the same as tonight, it was the same as last game. So it doesn’t really make any difference. (reporter: Can you match that desperation level though?) Well we just did. We just did against Columbus, we just did against Dallas. So we’ll just try and do that again.”

- On the team being 41-8 when Richards has a point: “You know, I haven’t really looked at them stats. I think those individual things like that I don’t really pay much attention to.”

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  1. Great result for the Kings in getting the two points last night! The refs were brutal!

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