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Sutter says Kings need better goaltending

Mar 8, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT

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After Thursday night’s 5-2 loss to Dallas — the fourth time this year they’ve allowed five or more goals in a defeat — Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter minced no words in explaining what needed improvement.

“Giving up four goals a game, you can’t win,” he told LA Kings Insider. “We need better goaltending.”

The goalie on the hook last night was Jonathan Quick, who allowed four goals on 22 shots before Stars forward Antoine Roussel potted the fifth into an empty net.

The loss brought Quick’s numbers on the year to 7-7-2 with a 2.59 GAA and .895 save percentage.

When asked again about the goaltending — this time, if he’s surprised it’s still an issue 22 games into the season — Sutter kept to his message.

“I’m saying we didn’t get good enough goaltending tonight,” he replied.

Quick wasn’t offering much explanation following the game — “I didn’t stop them, and usually when you don’t stop the pucks, they go in the net,” he said — and wasn’t completely at fault for the loss, as Sutter said the team also needed to be better defensively.

But that’s not diminishing the fact L.A. now has the NHL’s eighth-worst save percentage (.896), something else Sutter brought up after the Dallas game.

“It’s a stat that tells the truth,” he said. “That’s one stat that doesn’t lie, right? [Kari] Lehtonen tonight was at about a .940 or so. That’s a stat that always holds true. Goals against, save percentage — it’s a big thing.”

It’s fair to say that, if it weren’t for some solid play from Jonathan Bernier (5-1-0 this year with a .916 save percentage and 1.93 GAA), the Kings’ goaltending situation would be a concern.

But it’s hard to sayanything is a concern, because L.A. is on a roll. They’ve won seven of nine and sit fifth in the Western Conference, leading many to believe Sutter isn’t really critiquing the “goaltending” — he’s critiquing Quick.

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  1. blomfeld - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    “HOUSTON, WE’VE GOT A PROBLEM” …

    With all due respect, comrade Halford’s statement that “it’s hard to say anything is a concern because L.A. is on a roll” is both erroneous and misleading. Jonathan Quick is “not” playing up to par and this is now becoming a concern for us. Of course we have the “inflappable” Jonathan Bernier in reserve, however that’s not the way it’s supposed to be … or is it ? Nonetheless, something is telling me friends that “things are going to happen” now over the remainder of the season, whether that be a “changing of the guard” at our back end, or a “glorious” resurgence by our Conn Smythe Trophy hero comrade. I’m not sure about you guys, but my money is on the latter happening ! :)

    Greatest Goal Tenders of all time / source @ Bloomberg Sports News

    1) Terry Sawchuk
    2) Vladislav Tretiak
    3) Cesare Maniago
    4) Jacques Plante
    5) Jonathan Quick

  2. kingsforever - Mar 9, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Quick is bad

  3. loyallakingsfan35yrs - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:56 AM

    I’ hate the fact that I’ve had very little confidence in Quick. And This goes back last Season! Don’t know what it is Im just saying how I feel…

    • blomfeld - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      I hear you friend. But let’s take it easy and see what transpires now in going forward, eh? Don’t know about you, but I’ve got a feeling that Quickie hasn’t even started yet ! :)

  4. peculiarwillis - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Both goalies are great but Sutter needs to know that if Quick lets in 2 goals, take him out bcz he’s obviously off his game. I can’t believe Sutter doesn’t see this or if he does, why leave him in after 2 goals?

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