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Sutter doesn’t think fatigue factored into Kings’ Game 1 loss

May 18, 2014, 6:50 PM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks have played two fewer postseason games in 2014 and came into Sunday’s eventual Game 1 victory with quite a bit more rest, yet the Los Angeles Kings aren’t using fatigue as an excuse after losing 3-1 today.

Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said that the only time he really noticed a lack of energy was early in the game and during a few other shifts in the first period.

Mike Richards echoed Sutter’s thoughts on that shaky beginning.

“It took us a little bit to get into the game,” Richards said. “I think we were a little bit sloppy in the first. We made some mistakes and they capitalized on them. We didn’t capitalize on our chances.”

Those observations seem reasonable, as you can see (from this chart via Extra Skater) that the Blackhawks started off with the advantage but Los Angeles eventually ended up with more shot attempts as the game went on. They also landed more shots on goal, firing 26 to Chicago’s 20:

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Ultimately, the Blackhawks managed to win 3-1 despite arguably a better effort from the Kings. That might seem like a missed opportunity, although it at least inspired someone to use a folksy Sutter-ism after the game:

Fatigue might not have been a big factor in Game 1, yet the Kings find themselves facing yet another series deficit. They’ve shown plenty of fight in these playoffs, but going down 2-0 against the defending champs might just be too much for this team to overcome.

  1. blackhawks2010 - May 18, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Cue the excuses…..

    • rocoop - May 18, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      Excuses?? Kings had a lot of good looks today, didn’t take advantage of them..Hopefully two days rest will help Wednesday

  2. slysipops - May 18, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    maybe the KINGS faithful should take a cue from the KINGS head coach ?

    • 16thearlofderby - May 18, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      why during bench interview he told engbloom team was showing signs of fatigue all over the ice

      will the real sutter please stand up

      • charlieconway96 - May 18, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        That was my first thought to “seeing fatigue on the back check, all over the place”.

      • blomfeld - May 18, 2014 at 11:27 PM

        Earl of Derby XVI …

        IN LIFE, TRUTH IS ALWAYS CONVEYED WITH ACTION, NOT WORDS …

        Josef Stransky / physicist, expert in forensic causation analysis and personal friend of Blomfeld

    • machosasquatcho - May 19, 2014 at 1:51 AM

      wow blomfeld. Your 2-year-long Kings fandom is truly inspirational.

  3. earpaniac - May 19, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    The Kings can’t get down in series like they have been. As a Hawk fan, I can’t see them losing 3-4 in a row to close out a series. Not saying it can’t be done obviously, just that it’d be hard. Very hard to do. Especially to close out a series.

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