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Kings coach brushes off team’s away struggles

Jun 3, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT

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With a putrid 1-7 record in the playoffs and an 8-12-4 mark in the regular season, the Los Angeles Kings look like an awful road team. At least on paper.

Head coach Darryl Sutter didn’t really see it that way when asked during a press conference after a Monday practice.

“Every game we lost, every time we lost, we lost every game 2‑1 till last night. I don’t think that’s a huge gap in performance or play at all,” Sutter said. “We’ve had trouble scoring, not just playoffs. We’ve had trouble scoring, going back six games in the season, we had trouble scoring. Even though we finished fifth in the conference. We saw it last year in the playoffs, too. It’s not a home/road disparity at all.”

The veteran bench boss thinks that it’s too easy to look at the negative of losses and ignore the tough competition Los Angeles has faced.

“You know what, we’re a good hockey club,” Sutter said. “We’re not surprising anybody. There’s no upsets now. We’re the team that’s trying to surprise the team that finished first overall. If you look at the teams we played so far in the playoffs, home‑ice teams. That’s part of it.”

However you explain it, the Kings need to win at least one game at the United Center to advance to the 2013 Stanley Cup finals.

  1. 19to77 - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    “It’s not a home/road disparity at all.”

    “If you look at the teams we played so far in the playoffs, home‑ice teams. That’s part of it.”

    Uh.

  2. blomfeld - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” … Chinese philosopher Laozi

    Sobering and truthful words by Coach Sutter, which no doubt were meant to assuage the ‘enormity’ at hand. The bottom line is that we Kings need to turn this thing around ‘right now’ starting tomorrow. The Hawks are an excellent team who will grant us no quarter when push comes to shove. So ‘now’ is the time for our offense to go on the attack and get things back on even keel. I think we can do it friends and God willing we will ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. aldog83 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    Kings better figure out how to win on road.

    Or this series will be over “QUICK” (pun intended)

    I love the KINGS!

    I am proud of their ability to find a way to win.

    As proved in the St Louis and San Jose series.

    They are still playing and the Blues and Sharks are toast.

    But they have been riding and amazing performance by Quick.

    They need to give the guy a damn break.

    8 STRAIGHT 2-1 LOSES (dating back to game 5 at New Jersey last year)

    GEEEEEZZZZ!!!!!!!!!!!

    and 4-2 last night. I do not blame Quick.. Too Much to shoulder. Enough is enough.

    Six straight playoff series wins and the way he has won with POOR goal support I would think would rival Patrick Roy or Domink Hasek.

    Kings are WASTING a HEROIC playoff performance by Quick. (sorry I ever doubted you this year)

    Kopitar and Brown are killing this team!!! They combined for………..

    16 goals through 20 games this year 0.800 goals per game 2012

    5 goals through 15 games this year 0.333 goals per game 2013

    If these guys cant score……Kings are done.

    (Kudos to Toffoli, Kid has heart!!! Thank you Dean Lombardi!!!)

    I hope the Kings can wake up before its OVER.

    Go Kings Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • blomfeld - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      Well said friend …

      Go Kings Go !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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