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Kings coach Sutter: ‘Game 7s are not that big a deal’

May 28, 2013, 3:40 PM EST

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Darryl Sutter sounds like a relaxed man, given he’s facing elimination for the first time this postseason.

In fact, he sounds more than relaxed.

“Game 7s are not that big a deal when you look at it,” the Kings head coach told reporters on Tuesday, as per Mayor’s Manor. “It’s winning the fourth game that’s a lot bigger, and that’s what is way more important.

“Game 7 is, quite honest, for outside the locker room [gestures to media] to make a big deal out of it. It’s not that important.”

Classic Sutter.

To be fair, coach and players don’t have much to say about Game 7s because they don’t have much experience.

The Kings haven’t faced playoff elimination since 2011, haven’t played in a Game 7 since 2002 and haven’t played a Game 7 at home since 1989.

As far as overall experience goes, the Sharks have the edge.

San Jose has 31 games of combined experience to Los Angeles’ 15, according to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area. Scott Gomez has played in nine, Brad Stuart in six while Dan Boyle, Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton have played in three each.

For L.A., Robyn Regehr has played in four Game 7s, while Mike Richards and Justin Williams have participated in three.

As for Sutter, his message is consistent with what he’s preached throughout this postseason and the last — that the close-out is always the toughest game of the series.

“That’s how I see it,” Sutter said. “You either win four games or you lose four games. That’s what sticks out in my mind, not Game 7s.”

  1. The Hockey Fan - May 28, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    It isn’t a big deal if you aren’t afraid. If you have confidence in your team you know they can win game 7

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 28, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      So many things can happen in a game that is out of the control of coaches and players. You can have all the confidence in the world in your team, but there are so many intangibles, which is why you don’t want to game 7 to close out a series. Everyone involved in this G7 should be focused on prepping themselves to be optimal for the game. This is from the water boy to the coach. Everything has to be like clockwork until puck drop, and then it comes down to good breaks, bad breaks, mistakes which are magnified now because there is no G8. So, the pressure is not the same. Everyone is aware that a loss means millions of dollars in loss revenue, while the winner will have at least to more huge pay days. G7 = more pressure!

  2. JoeAvg - May 28, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Ahh Darryl…if it’s a game seven then it is the fourth win – for either team.

    I’m with nothanksimdriving123’s box of rocks theory on this guy. Good thing he knows hockey.

  3. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 28, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    and the longer it takes for the 4th W, the tougher it gets, and the tougher it gets the more the pressure increases.

  4. steelers88 - May 28, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Yeah no biggy Darryl. The only thing that could happen if you lose is your season is over so yeah no biggy.

  5. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 28, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    I don’t say much. So I’ll say alot.. final score Game 7…… .KINGS 5. SHARKS 3.

  6. sjsharks66 - May 28, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    5-3 really? The kings wont be able to put that many goals past Niemi. The sharks wont be able to put that many past quick. 2-1 Sharks win.

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