SCF Game 3 -Sutter comments after Kings 3-0 win

Comments from Darryl Sutter…

Q. How would you describe the road game strategy you used that
worked so well tonight?
COACH SUTTER: Well, we’re used to the travel the day before.
Obviously being in the west, we do it a lot, going to the Midwest or the
east. We moved past all that fatigue part of it a couple days ago.
The next part is obviously coming into MSG knowing the atmosphere and
the guys that haven’t been in here, make sure they’re clear on it, be ready
for that.

Q. What about the way the team played in terms of forechecking?
COACH SUTTER: Played a solid game. No more than that. On the road
you have to look at it like it’s not the final game or anything like that.
You have to look at it like you have to play a really solid road game.

Q. Jonathan Quick had not played here before. He played the best
game of the playoffs for him in this game.
COACH SUTTER: Our playoff started again. We don’t look at it like
playoffs. In the big picture you take it a series at a time. Each series
is a season.
This playoffs started three games ago, and it was his best game of
the series.

Q. The way you handled the puck, decisions, especially coming out of
your zone, is that as good as you’ve been here in a bit?
COACH SUTTER: We weren’t as clean as we wanted to be in the first
two games. We had a good first period. Justin made a great play on the
goal to Jeff. Then we scored the power play goal.
Quite honestly, the game was sort of disjointed with all the
penalties.

Q. Was there ever any doubt during the season when Quick was coming
back from surgery that he was going to be able to get to the point you’d be
able to lean on him the way you have to?
COACH SUTTER: I think that we gave him the full amount of time to
make sure that he was 110% healthy, knowing full well that he wanted to
represent his country at the Olympics. We had kids that could give us some
games.

Q. Can you draw on 2012 when you were also up 3-0, then the Devils
win a couple, trying not to look past what’s next?
COACH SUTTER: I haven’t even thought about that. Really that has
nothing to do with this series when you look. I mean, hell, we got thrown
under the bus by everybody on earth seven weeks ago, so…
Right (smiling)?

Q. There are a couple guys we don’t hear too much about. The way
Willie Mitchell has come back from a lot of hardship.
COACH SUTTER: I think our bench on the back end has been really
solid. Whichever two have been in there have been outstanding. They’ve
all missed time with injury, Willie, Greener and Robyn. Whoever we put in
there has shown their leadership and complements the group.

Q. So how did it feel playing with a lead?
COACH SUTTER: We’re used to it.

Q. What was the key tonight for the penalty kill for you guys?
COACH SUTTER: I think the key was obviously they didn’t score on any
of them. I think the second period was probably the most important part of
it. We scored on the power play and they didn’t. That’s a big difference.
If you look at the series, if you want to base it on that, coming
into this game, we scored a power play goal, they scored a shorthanded
goal, we scored power play goal. They’re up on the special teams, so
tonight we’re even.

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