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Kings’ coach Sutter urges top players to fight through tight checking

May 11, 2014, 1:34 AM EDT

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The Anaheim Ducks fought their way back into this Western Conference second-round series, and now it’s all tied at two-games apiece.

For the Kings, already in a low-scoring series with their California rivals, goals have been especially hard to come by in the last two games – both losses for L.A. On Saturday, facing 20-year-old rookie goalie John Gibson, the Kings got 28 shots on goal but not one of them crossed the goal line. Anaheim was also credited with 25 blocked shot, making it difficult enough for the Kings’ shooters to get pucks through the Gibson, although he saw his fair share of rubber.

Recent struggles have Kings’ head coach Darryl Sutter asking for his top players – he didn’t name anyone in particular – to battle through the tight checking Anaheim has employed in this series.

“I think the ability to finish it off. We had trouble scoring against Anaheim,” said Sutter, as per LA Kings Insider. “They’re doing a good job of keeping us to the outside, keeping top players to the perimeter. Give them credit for it. Not allowing them to get any time or space. Some of our top guys have to fight through it more.”

  1. terrier92 - May 11, 2014 at 6:19 AM

    Kings lose and no Blowfield. I am actually rooting for the Kings to win I like their team yet it is nice to come on here and not see his nonsense

    • cyggyx1 - May 11, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      Hopefully the Blomfelcher will stay gone TODAY, TOMORROW and FOREVER…………….

      • joey4id - May 11, 2014 at 11:13 AM

        Not a chance. I’ll be back. Oh! S**t! Wrong handle. 😉

      • henrik4dawin - May 11, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        Nice Joey– knew you had a sense of humor!!

      • blomfeld - May 11, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        Cyggx1: Oh my Terrence, is that a victory dish you’re preparing ?

        Terrier92: You know it girlfriend ! … and it’s going to be the most decadent ever !


        *** Special ‘victory’ recipe for Ducks Nation ***


        Le Lemon Mousse Ice Cream Pie is a fun recipe that uses sherbet or gelato as the crust, and a lemon cream filling to top it off. It’s long been a favorite among Anaheim Duck fans as a post game treat after a hard fought victory in hockey.

        Prep Time: 25 minutes
        Yield: Serves 8 x Ducklings

        3 cups strawberry sherbet or gelato
        1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
        1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
        7 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

        “ANAHEIM IS A ‘GOOD’ THING … GO DUCKS GO” !!! … Martha Stewart

      • blomfeld - May 11, 2014 at 11:58 AM

  2. paulerhythm - May 11, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    I’m impressed with the way the Ducks played in this series. They looked like Chicago with their gap controls, forcing turnovers, transitioning from D to O and crashing the net. Their PP is clicking and, most impressive of all, is their depth! They lose 3 players, one a goalie, and plugged in capable players and keep on rolling. I’d be interested to see how the Kings respond…

  3. slysipops - May 11, 2014 at 8:28 PM


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