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Sutter vows Kings ‘won’t go away quietly’

Apr 23, 2014, 2:17 AM EDT

Darryl Sutter AP

In the wake of Tuesday’s gut-punch OT loss to the Sharks, Kings head coach Darryl Sutter acknowledged his team was in a tough position — down three games to none in the opening-round series — but insisted L.A. wasn’t going to go down without a fight.

“It’s a tough hill,” Sutter said, per the Kings website. “We won’t go away quietly. That’s for sure.”

The likelihood (or, unlikelihood) of a team coming back from 0-3 down in the Stanley Cup playoffs is pretty well known, but let’s revisit anyway — only three teams in NHL history have successfully rallied: the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, the 1975 New York Islanders and the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers.

That ’10 Flyers team is definitely one we’ll be hearing about over the next few days. The team’s leading regular-season scorers were — guess who? — current L.A. Kings Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, and Richards in particular was huge in the 0-3 comeback against Boston, scoring five points over the final four games to help pull the stunner.

“Our mindset was if you are going to go down, you are going to go down swinging,” Richards said following the Game 7 victory. “We took it one goal at a time.”

Richards and the Kings might need to amend that credo, and try to prevent one goal at a time. The San Jose offense continued to sizzle in Game 3, scoring at least four goals for the third straight game. The balanced attack saw 10 different skaters register points and that included defensemen Jason Demers and Scott Hannan, who scored their first points of the series.

With those two now on the sheet, only goalie Antti Niemi and blueliner Brad Stuart have failed to notch a point through three games.

In light of that statistic, not surprising to see that Jonathan Quick‘s goals-against average still sits at a bloated 5.78. That’s going to have to drop significantly if the Kings have any chance of rallying in this series, though all facets of L.A.’s game will need to improve as well. It’s something Anze Kopitar alluded to in his postgame comments.

“Every piece of this puzzle will need to give it their all,” he explained, per Mayor’s Manor. “We were better, still wasn’t good enough.”


  1. trbowman - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    Stopping the dumb penalties is a start. Lucky it didn’t end in regulation with Kopitar’s ridiculous boarding on Couture. Play tough, but stay disciplined.

    • imleftcoast - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      You mean Jarret Stoll’s interference penalty on Couture with 2:02 to play in the third?

  2. 950003cups - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:35 AM

    Sharks don’t care how they go away. Just be disposed of. Quietly, not quietly… It’s all the same. Sharks are gonna go to the finals this year. If not, they’ll ruin my bracket.

    • mms1982 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      and then there was game 7

  3. chitown26 - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:35 AM

    Let’s see how bad they hack and slash and interfere again next game. We’ll see if the refs actually pull out their whistles for this one.

  4. gsprulz - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    oh great…more cheap shots and recklessness coming from the kings. From the way the game was officiated tonight, just unacceptable.

  5. aldog83 - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:46 AM

    Really can’t blame Quick for any of the goals.

    #1 “knuckle puck” from BURNS

    #2 Reghyr elbowed in the head knocking Quick on stomach, Shot into wide open net NIETO

    #3 4 straight whacks at puck while 3 Kings watch CMON! HERTL

    #4 Backhander redirected by Voynov into net. MARLEAU.

    Sharks are better team.

    Faster and are finishing plays.

    Kudos to Sharks.

    I asked the Stalpes fans to make it loud and help the Kings from silently exiting the Playoffs.

    Tonight. Sutter said the KINGS will NOT GO QUIETLY….

    I hope is right.

    But the players gotta prove it. (That means YOU Richards and Brown!!! Time play like your multi year mulit million dollar contracts command!!)

    As for the fans…..for one more night…(and hopefully more)

    GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. canucks30 - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:46 AM

    Neither will the Sharks

    Just ask Batman

  7. bayafan - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:14 AM

    Is it just me or does he have bitter beer face?

  8. ironyisadeadscene - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    In rememberance of Boomfield or whatever his name was (since he seems to have disappeared)

    • JoeAvg - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      Did you really have to? One thing I haven’t missed is seeing Elvis videos embedded in the comments.

  9. patthehockeyfan - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    C’mon, KINGS!!! You’re better than this. I know it, and, more importantly, YOU KNOW IT!!

    Love you guys!!

    LET’S DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • antkowiak666 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      Maybe they’re not.

  10. antkowiak666 - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    blomfeld – Apr 21, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    *** on the quarter deck aboard HMS Surprise somewhere in the Pacific ***

    Captain Blomfeld: right lads, the shark appears to have taken the bait … so every man to his station with ‘quick’ being the word and ‘sharp’ being the eye ! … we’ve managed to draw this fish in close and now we’re going to turn him into sushi !

    Crew Members: hurrah ! .. hurrah ! .. hurrah ! :) :) :)


    Friends, the bottom line is that we’ve got these Liberace-listening tropical fish ‘exactly’ where we want them ! … all cocky, fat, primed and ‘ready’ for the taking ! In fact, the good Lord himself couldn’t have prepared a better a better script, as such will be or ‘complete & utter’ joy once we’ve put these fools to rest ! So to your posts friends and ‘make ready’ if you please ? :)

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    antkowiak666 – Apr 22, 2014 at 12:47 PM
    i wonder what blomfeld will be saying tomorrow morning if the so called”sushi”devour the Kings once again??

    4 1

    • nightfireop - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      i hope u realize that the rest of us kings fans don’t acknowledge him right?

  11. vstar1us - Apr 23, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Ok then just go away with a banjo, come on already put a fork in it! Everyone knows that Jesus has already picked the cup winner.

    Go Hockey

  12. Professor Fate - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    I think my Kings are toast. They haven’t mustered the necessary intensity and drive for long enough in any game (and none much at all in most of them) and the Sharks are tapping into years of frustration and disappointment.

    The problem for the Sharks in the next round will be maintaining this level of competition when the opponent doesn’t have “L.A.” on their sweaters.

  13. purpleguy - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    It’s a bummer for non-Kings/Sharks fans that this series has sucked so bad, as we had high hopes for more entertaining games. Guess the Kings weren’t built as much for the playoffs as everyone said.

  14. radar8 - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    All of the games were entertaining, if you’re a Sharks fan. Game three should have been exciting for the Kings fans, too. The Kings were never behind in the game until, of course, they were.

  15. pantherpro - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    LA. You Suck!

  16. sharksman - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    “We won’t go away quietly. That’s for sure.”
    doesn’t that tell you everything you need to know
    when the coach says you are going away, you know your done

  17. slysipops - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:44 PM


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