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Morning Skate Quotes: LAK vs ANA

Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 4:19 PM / Los Angeles Kings | News
By Jon Rosen  - LA Kings Insider
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Morning Skate Quotes: LAK vs ANA
Hear from LA Kings coaches and players before tonight\'s match up against the Anaheim Ducks.
Quotes from LAKingsInsider.com

Darryl Sutter -

On aspects of Monday’s win over St. Louis that stuck out to him:
We got the lead. It’s easier with the lead. It’s probably the only difference from the game before.

On Tyler Toffoli’s performance Monday night:
Bounced back. He’s had a tough four or five games. I think he came up and had the energy early when we called him up, and then that really dropped off. So it was good to see him respond.

On the Kings-Ducks rivalry:
There [has] been zero rivalry. Our guys all skate together in the summer. The rivalry might be a fan rivalry, but there certainly hasn’t been one between the players. We haven’t played ‘em yet, and they’re off to the same start that they had last year.

On players around Anze Kopitar raising their game, given yesterday’s comments:
I liked Stolly and Brownie and Willie, and I liked Mike and Jordy and Tyler, and I liked Cliffy and Frattin and Fras. [Reporter: Team-wide effort?] Kopi’s line had a tough night.

On whether Martin Jones will draw the start tonight:
No goalie announcements.

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Alec Martinez -

Alec Martinez, on the importance of establishing a lead against St. Louis:
It was crucial. Obviously they have a really good hockey club in St. Louis and we’ve had quite a few battles with them over the past few years in the playoffs and in season. Especially at home, you want to make sure you’re really getting those points at home when you have the opportunity. We had a good start and I think that was a big part of the reason why we won the game.

Martinez, on the compete level against St. Louis:
Obviously you are happy to get the win, but I think we can tighten things up a little bit. I think that it’s no secret we got a little sloppy there and fortunately we were still able to come out on top, but we have to tighten things up and take a good focus on our game and regroup here and be ready for Anaheim.

Martinez, on what has led to the one-sided results in the St. Louis rivalry:
To be quite honest with you, I don’t know. It’s always been a real physical battle with them. It’s no secret that we’re both similar teams in terms of, they forecheck really had and they’re really physical and that’s we pride ourselves on. I don’t really know what it is, but I am glad that it’s this way and not the other. They’re a good hockey club. I think that we rise to the occasion and met the challenge of the St. Louis Blues and we just have to keep it going.

Martinez, on Anaheim:
They obviously have a lot of depth. They’ve got a high powered offense. There’s a reason why they’re sitting at the top of the league right now. They play physical, they have a lot of big guys up front too. We have to focus on making quick decisions down low as a D-man getting it in the forwards hands and letting them go to work. They have a good hockey club in Anaheim and we have to meet the challenge.

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Martin Jones -

Martin Jones, on the possibility of making his first NHL start:
It’d be exciting. I feel like I’ve had a couple good weeks of practice here and whenever I’m called upon I’m going to be ready to go. It’s exciting for sure.

Jones, on working with Ben Scrivens:
It’s been great. Scrivs is a great guy and he’s a good teammate, helping me out with little things here and there. Just watching those guys-the way the practice, the detail in their game-you pick up a lot for sure.

Jones, on what he has seen from Anaheim:
Obviously they’re right at the top of the standings. They have a really good team. A lot of big, strong forwards with skill, so we have to make sure we do a good job in our own end, down low containing those guys and turning that into offense.

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