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Darryl Sutter said tonight’s media queries were “awesome,” but that might’ve been sarcasm

Jun 6, 2012, 11:45 PM EDT

Here’s Darryl Sutter talking to the media after Los Angeles’ 3-1 loss to New Jersey in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals:

And here’s the transcript, in case the laughter and scoffing kept you from understanding what he said:

Q. What was the difference tonight?

COACH SUTTER: Not much. Pretty much overtime in the third period, same as first two games.

Q. Was there a breakdown on the Elias goal? If so, what happened there from your perspective?

COACH SUTTER: Which goal?

Q. Elias’ goal.

COACH SUTTER: Henrique’s goal? It’s a turnover. Misplay between the defensemen. Not a coverage play. Can’t make those long passes and think you can get away with it.

Q. Game 4 has been somewhat of a problem for you guys. You’re 3-3 now when you can close out a series.

COACH SUTTER: Awesome. Close out a series in Game 4 (laughter). It’s the Stanley Cup Final. Game is the very same as the first two games.

The presser was destined to go off the rails when Sutter had to figure out which goal — the Elias or Henrique one — the reporter was talking about. Doomed from the start, really.

  1. quonce - Jun 7, 2012 at 6:48 AM

    His laugh at the “close it out in 4″ was classic.

  2. DED - Jun 7, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Laughing at the media like Sutter just did is perfect. Tortz should try and emulate him in the future.

  3. hoarce7 - Jun 7, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Yeah whatever Sutter. I get a kick out of some these coaches who come on for the post game press conference and attempt to make the reporters look like idiots, as though they’re responsible for his team’s recent loss, and why? Simply because his team just lost the bloody game! Sure the reporters always get knocked for asking dumb questions and they do for the most part, etc., but how many conferences have we seen where the losing coach comes on and acts like a total obnoxious jerk? When Sutter came into the league as a rookie, he would have been priveledged to have gotten the opportunity to even be asked to come on for the post game press conference and meet the media. My how times change as he now resembles a total arrogant moron with his smart-ass answers. Just be happy you’re even up 3-1 in the series Sutter, even though two of your club’s three victories have come in overtime on the road no less. When I see a coach act like a disgusting jerk, I actually wish his club had just been eliminated as opposed to be leading the series 3-1. Mark my words that when the Kings wrap things up on Saturday, you will not see any sarcasm or smart-ass responses from Sutter when he appears for the post game conference. Almost makes me wish they wouldn’t even ask him to appear when the Kings win!!!

    • eggserino - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      Ah, come on now. These aren’t fans asking questions. These are reporters that are supposed to be experts in their sports. They ask all sorts of questions, many times to try and get a rise out of a coach to get a quote. To call him obnoxious after a reporter asks a question about a goal and doesn’t even know who scored the goal?! Asking a question about a goal and not knowing who scored it is simply poor quality reporting. They deserve to be called out for asking a ridiculous question.

      Answering the question about sweeping in the Stanley Cup Final by injecting a little perspective into the conversation was just fine with me…

  4. herfules - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    The reporter asked a moronic question. I thought Sutter’s response was awesome. Only a Devils fan would whine about it like the poster above.

    The reporter should take a little positive from his idiocy though, he’s one of the only reporters to make Sutter laugh at a presser. :)

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