Darryl Sutter talks Kings 4-3 OT win vs Sharks

LA coach Darryl Sutter following the Kings 4-3 OT win vs the visiting San Jose Sharks…

On tonight being an impressive win:

“You know what, we’re playing the best team in the league. The best part for me was the fact that they scored a few seconds in and we were able to come right back.”

On the importance of special teams tonight:

“I’m sure too many men on the ice twice doesn’t happen very often. One of them was one of the ones where the puck goes there and that’s bad luck for them, good luck for us. But it doesn’t happen very often. We’ve been a team to this point that’s taken too many bad penalties and it’s cost us a couple hockey games.”

On if there is anything he can take from tonight into next game:

“We don’t really take anything from one game into the next, because we got beat last night, so if we took that then we would have lost tonight. So I don’t take much… I’m still very much park and ride.”

On if he was pleased with the level of forechecking tonight:

“They’re a tough team to forecheck. They don’t put themselves in a position to turn pucks over or to have pucks that are where they have to bang it around the wall.”

On the Kings’ resiliency tonight:

“Bottom line is some guys didn’t play very much last night and sure as hell better play tonight with some energy and they did, and they played well. A kid like Cliffy is probably the spark for us in the second period.”

On Anze Kopitar’s overtime goal:

“Well your power play is running out of clock there. We’ve only played 13 games and I think this is the third four-on-three we’ve had in overtime, which is not something you get a lot. The play that led to it, Carter made a great play and they had to take the hook.”

On Kyle Clifford:

“He’s gotta give us a spark. He’s a guy that’s trying to work on getting more minutes and play hard in the lineup. If he does, he gets the chance. If he doesn’t, he doesn’t. He has to play a very straight lined, powerful game and when he doesn’t, he’s not a very effective player.”

On the team taking bad penalties:

“Well, we didn’t take any tonight. I think Drew coming in tonight, take away major penalties, Drew is our leading penalty minute guy, right? That’s not normal. There was some retaliation in this game and there are three or four guys on our team who have to, very simple, cut that out. They don’t get special deals, it doesn’t matter who they are, they don’t get special deals from referees. Since I’ve been here, this is a high penalized team. We don’t have to be a team that takes penalties, you can still play a forceful, physical, intelligent hockey game.”

On the boarding penalty:

“You have to remember that Dan Carcillo has a reputation. He has to learn that he has a reputation, too. Otherwise he’s not just in trouble with the referees, but in trouble with myself and hopefully his teammates.”

On coming home to get a win after last night’s loss to the Coyotes:

“Some guys didn’t play very well last night, quite honest, and they had to play a hell of a lot better tonight to give us a chance. I think that our number one goalie should have been fresh and ready to go tonight. We needed a big game out of him.”

On getting two points in a division game:

“If you want to make the playoffs, you’re going to have to win the majority of your home games. I don’t know what the record will be in our division because of the way it’s off-set this year, but if you want to be a playoff team, they’re big games.”

On tonight’s shots:

“I think both teams are playing as well as they could. It’s not that we were trying to take all their shots away, that’s impossible to do. They have some pretty forceful offensive players over there.”

On the Red Sox winning the World Series:

“Other than the National League part of it, I couldn’t get stuck on one team because they’re both blue collar teams, and I kind of wanted them both to win.”

Post-game player quotes can be found at the links below.


Instant Quotes: Williams and Thornton on Kings-Sharks OT game

More post-game notes from Kings-Sharks locker rooms

AUDIO: Guest spot on Sportsnet Radio – talking Sharks at Kings

Sharks coach on rivalry with Kings, Quick, Carter and Richards

Joe Thornton on Sharks struggles in LA and roster depth

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