Coach Speak: Darryl Sutter talks Kings 5-2 win over Lightning

Following the Kings 5-2 win at home over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night, here’s what LA coach Darryl Sutter had to share…

– On Ben Scrivens’ play: “He didn’t have much work tonight. Only needed four or five saves. He made a big save in the third…That’s why we’re a good team. We don’t give up a lot. That’s not easy to do. It’s a tough turnaround tonight, coming all the way from east back west, and we’re catching a fresh team, really.”

– On getting balanced scoring: “Well, we scored a short-handed goal, two power play goals, two even strength goals. You’re kind of getting it from all over. So, quite honestly, we needed that. They’re a team that’s not used to losing to the Western Conference, so we knew that it was going to go right down to the end of it.”

– On the Kings’ young players: “They have some work to do. Hopefully they’re going to start getting a little bit more competition if we can get healthy for those positions, and then we’ll see.”

– On if Anze Kopitar’s game has changed: “No, I don’t think so. Kopi is, I said it after the game with the Rangers, he was a dominant player in that game. That’s not based on points. He’s a special player, and you [saw] it again tonight.”

– On what he sees in Dwight King: “His playoff numbers – again, if you’re just going on points – his playoff numbers over the past two years show what kind of player he is. So, he had to recreate that coming into the regular season. He had a tough regular season last year. So, what am I seeing in Dwight King? I’m seeing someone who’s having a better regular season than he did last year.”

For more post-game locker room quotes, please see the links below.


Justin Williams on the Kings’ kids, payback and hogwash

Coach Speak: Lightning’s Jon Cooper on 5-2 loss to Kings

Some pretty disturbing numbers around the NHL

NHL players no longer excited by trips to play California teams

Lightning arrive in LA after getting manhandled in the desert

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