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Did the L.A. Kings lack desperation? ‘No’

Jun 7, 2013, 1:17 AM EDT

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Down a goal in the third period, and moving ever closer to the brink of elimination, the L.A. Kings needed offence. They got next to nothing.

The Kings fired all of two shots on goal in the third period of Thursday’s 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. A win for the Kings, and the Western Conference final would’ve shifted back to Chicago all tied at 2-2.

Instead, the Kings, defending Stanley Cup champions, now face elimination, down 3-1 in the series.

And, they only managed two shots in the final 20 minutes.

Asked after the loss if there was a lack of desperation from his team, head coach Darryl Sutter was succinct.

“No,” said Sutter.

Reporter, according to the transcript provided by the National Hockey League: “At all?”

“No,” reiterated Sutter.

Marian Hossa scored to give Chicago a 3-2 lead just 1:10 into the third period, and from there the Kings had no answer for a stingy defensive posture from the Blackhawks.

“Yeah, I think once they scored the quick goal after the penalty kill, 10 seconds after, I think we had to go for it a little
bit, we were stretched out,” added Sutter.

“That doesn’t work that well against them. So I think they did a good job of plugging it off, defending the lead.”

 

  1. 19to77 - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Come on, Darryle. I like you. I really do. But two shots on goal in the third, even with a power play? Your team looked disengaged and lost. Just own up to the fact that they played a bad period and need to up their game to stay in. Denial is for the weak coaches, the Therriens of the League. You’re better than that.

  2. kingsfan93 - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    It wasn’t that hard to notice the Kings were lacking desperation in the 3rd period of game 4.

    Why didn’t Darryl Sutter call a timeout to get them refocused? Instead let just go ahead and call a timeout when there is a barely a minute left in the third period because that seems to do a lot of good, right? NOT!

    I’ve been a Kings fan for 20yrs now. So when I see the Kings not playing with a lot of heart in the WCF against Chicago, by playing only ONE really good game out of the 4 now deserve to lose.

    That with the one-sided commentators on NBC Sports always talking who they obviously in-favor so much more of with Chicago Blackhawks will finally get what they want, which is the Kings to lose. They have made it miserable for us Kings fans to sit at home and have to listen to these homers commentate the game.

    The only players on the Kings that have shown up to play in the playoffs have been; JOHN QUICK, Williams, Richards, Carter, Penner, Toffoli, Voynov, Doughty, and Scuderi. When it is the whole team to make it happen.

    But down the line the Kings are going to be an excellent team for the next decade or so.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      Not for nothing, but last night every time a King initiated a hit it was A BIG HIT. Notsomuch when a ‘Hawk hit someone.

    • aldog83 - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      Kings can compete fir next 3years with core. after that mist of the guys will be over 30. If you think they look beat uo now…..wait till thirty . IF QUICK continues to be a playoff stud in the future …. he will be up there with Roy and Hasek.

      He might need another Cup though.

      Hope Kings can force a 6.
      One at a time now .
      Give them Well in Chi town Kings!

  3. aldog83 - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:07 AM

    Yes.

    Plus Hawks blocked many shots and played great Defense.

    Kopitar and Brown…..Non existent.

  4. tripps3 - Jun 7, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    They looked like a beat up team to me

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