Buckle up – here come the quotes from Darryl Sutter’s post-game presser following the Kings 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night…
– On finishing strong: “When you’re resilient you’re going to win games like that.”
– On the line juggling he did throughout the game: “Was trying to pull some different energy and get different guys going. Trying to create a little bit more, in terms of their work and their forecheck.”
– On coming back from a 2-0 deficit: “We thought it was funny because we talked before the game about three games on the road trip that really we went through adversity every game on the road when you look at the calls against us, and five and three goals against us, scoring in the first minute of periods and that sort of thing. And tonight was the other way around, where we had the team that did it the other way. We scored a power play goal and we scored an empty net goal, and we scored a shootout goal. It’s just kind of funny how it all turns around like that.”
– From a physicality standpoint, did you like what you saw tonight? “Yup.”
– Was the call on Simon Gagne’s penalty correct? “I don’t know if it was or not. If he was playing the puck or not, I couldn’t tell. I disliked the Brown call. We only had three penalties tonight which is going in the right direction. It’s gotta be a three or four penalty thing to be successful in this league. I’m not really sure about (Gagne’s), but I didn’t like Brown’s call for sure.”
– On the importance of getting points early in the season: “Really it’s not early in the season with a 48-game schedule. I’ve been through a 48 (game season) under different rules and with a different number of teams in the league. But, the way you have to approach it; you’re in the playoffs the whole way. It’s not an ‘early’ anything. It’s about the playoffs and you’re trying to be one of eight teams. You’re going to look at the standings every day.”
– On the play of Davis Drewiske and Jake Muzzin: “I thought Drew was pretty solid tonight. I thought Muzz had a tough start and it’s going to be an adjustment for him.”
– On if Alex Burrows’ shootout goal would have counted had it gone in: “Actually, that’s the first thing I thought too. That a whistle should have stopped that, but talking to the coaches after, they don’t think it is. They think it’s a legit thing. That was my first thought too (that it wouldn’t have counted) when he did it.”
– On the play of Simon Gagne vs. the Canucks: “I’ll watch it and evaluate it. He’s got to play the pace that we want him to play at. So we’ll see.”
– On if Gagne was close to what he wanted tonight: “I used everybody in a lot of situations all over the place. I’m not really going to get in on one guy; to sum up the whole deal.”
– On what it will take for Dustin Penner to get back in the line-up: “I haven’t thought about it. Will think about it in a couple days. We have two or three guys that are playing and we’re trying to get them up to a pace and, as much as I’d like to, I can’t change the rules and play them all. But, I can certainly decide who’s going to play and how they’re going to play.”
To read quotes from a truly classic pre-game presser from coach Sutter – where he talks Gagne, Willie Mitchell, Mike Richards and more – click here.
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my thoughts through two periods last night were that the officials were finally letting the teams play and decide their own fate. then in the third it seemed the refs took the game over for the worse for both teams. seems like this year so far we have nfl replacement refs. I’ve also noticed a lot more chirping from players this year trying to convince the refs of a call, for or against… I hate that about football and, right or wrong, don’t want to see the nhl allow it.