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Sutter: “You got to win four games, right?”

May 20, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT

Darryl Sutter AP

If nothing else, Kings coach Darryl Sutter can just cut to the quick. No, not Jonathan Quick, but right to the heart of the matter instead.

After seeing his team shut down and shut out by the Coyotes in Game 4 by a 2-0 score, Sutter wasn’t about to give into questions about shifts in momentum and things of that ilk when speaking to reporters after the game.

“You got to win four games, right? They’re a home-ice team. They finished ahead of us for a good reason, right? There’s not much difference in the team,” Sutter said.

“I said to you guys who aren’t used to covering hockey, watching playoffs a lot, the most important part of the playoffs are goaltending, special teams, how your top players play. So just do it, right?”

Sounds simple enough. The Kings have had the goaltending and the top players for most of the playoffs, but the special teams has been a half-and-half thing with the penalty kill getting it done while the power play continues to fail. With the Kings being 8-0 on the road in the postseason, expect to see them bounce back strong in Game 5 on Tuesday night.

  1. namriverrat69 - May 20, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    This is one game. The Kings will bounce back with aplomb. Look for them to close it out in game 5.


  2. ron05342 - May 20, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    They are 7-0 on the road in the playoffs.

    Don’t you guys ever run your stories by an editor?

  3. blomfeld - May 20, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Namriverrat69 + Ron05342 = “Quality” !

    friends … again you both bring excellent analysis to the table (ie: the Kings will finish this off with “aplomb” and the concept of “fact checking” when writing a story) … at any rate, I view today’s setback as nothing more than a runner who steps back before leaping over a divide ! … the fact of the matter is that we Kings are going to settle this thing on Tuesday night, right there in Phoenix, which isn’t but a 3 hour drive from Tombstone AZ … and much like the Clantons and McLaurys back in 1876 (Coyotes) we Kings (Earps) will have had enough ! :)

    • blomfeld - May 21, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      Correction: the OK Corral gunfight was on October 26, 1881 in the Arizona Territory … the Battle at the Little Bighorn was on June 25, 1876 in the Montana Territory … nonetheless, the two events are synonymous with a “rout” which is exactly what’s going to happen in Phoenix tomorrow night ! … I predict that the Kings will go “nuts” and win by as much as five goals, even possibly by a “touchdown” (ie: seven goals) … :)

      GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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