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Sutter wants to see improvement from Kings despite 2-0 series lead

Apr 14, 2012, 8:14 PM EST

VANCOUVER, CANADA - APRIL 13: Dustin Brown #23 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates with Alec Martinez #27 after scoring his third goal of the game against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Arena on April 13, 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) VANCOUVER, CANADA - APRIL 13: Dustin Brown #23 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates with Alec Martinez #27 after scoring his third goal of the game against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Arena on April 13, 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

The Kings have taken a 2-0 series lead against the Presidents’ Trophy winning Vancouver Canucks, but they all know that won’t mean anything unless they manage to win two more contests. So, to keep his team focused after their 4-2 victory on Friday, Kings coach Darryl Sutter started listing off areas where the Kings need to improve.

“We know we have to play better,” Mike Richards said. “They controlled most of the game last night. They played well. Quickie had to make some big saves, and we probably relied on him too much last night. We’re at home right now, where we feel comfortable. We have to go in with confidence, but know that we have to play better. … I thought we turned too many pucks over last night, and gave them too many opportunities, which allowed them to play in our zone a whole lot.”

Obviously no team wants to fall behind 3-0, so it’s a safe bet that Vancouver will play passionately and desperately in Game 3 on Sunday. If the Kings don’t make adjustments, then what they managed to get away with so far might cost them going forward.

  1. challer9 - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    What do you guys not work on the weekend? Got 2 good games going on right now with plenty of story lines and you throw up some stupid article about the Kings?

    • blomfeld - Apr 15, 2012 at 12:37 AM

      DON’T BE BLIND FRIEND …

      This is an excellent article by Dadoun, who in my opinion is by far the most thoughtful and insightful writer here at PHT. Sutter’s and Richards’ concerns “exactly” reflect the trepidation which I myself am feeling at this juncture. Yes, we’ve taken the fight right to the Canucks on their home turf and we’ve carried the day in convincing fashion, on two successive occasions. That in itself is a tremendous accomplishment, for which we should be proud. But don’t fool yourself friend … the Canucks are now a wounded beast and so there’s every reason to believe that they’ll throw “everything” they have at us tomorrow night. My biggest concern is if they decide to counter with Schneider, which I think is essentially a given. I feared this from the beginning. Nonetheless, the important thing is that we stick to the game plan and remain committed to finishing the job ! We’ve got these bastards on the ropes and therefore it’s imperative that we now do what needs to be done, with resolve and heartless conviction ! God willing, we LA Kings will emerge victorious over these heathens … let us pray that it will be so !

  2. oside760 - Apr 15, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    can’t wait to be at the game tomorrow. staples center is gonna be poppin off

  3. blomfeld - Apr 15, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    I’m jealous man, but I’ll be watching here in Vancouver on TV … Go Kings Go !

    ps: if you get a chance, please yell out for me “Sutter Rocks !” … :)

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