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Who’s tired? Kings say fatigue is no problem

Jun 9, 2014, 9:02 AM EDT

Dwight King AP

The Los Angeles Kings’ road to the Stanley Cup Final is well known by now. After winning three Game 7s on the way to their date with the New York Rangers, you’d be wise to wonder if they’re getting tired.

After going up 2-0 in the series and winning both games in overtime, the Kings say fatigue isn’t a problem for them as Jon Rosen of L.A. Kings Insider shared.

“I think the longer series go, the longer the playoffs go, courage, determination, extra effort [are factors],” Darryl Sutter said. “You’re never going to feel fresh. You’re never going to feel as good as you did in November. That’s the way it works. That’s for sure. They’re people.”

In short, both teams are feeling it at this point and after spending Sunday flying across the country to prepare for tonight’s Game 3, maximizing that rest is an important part of the game people may not think about right away.

Kings winger Justin Williams said the flight from L.A. to New York was what players used to max out on sleep. Hopefully they put a terrible movie on to make sure everyone caught some Z’s.

At the very least, “jet lag” can be eliminated as an excuse for poor play in Game 3. At this point in the season, everyone’s a little tired.

  1. polegojim - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Not a Kings or Rangers fan…. the Kings are very impressive.

    Focused, never stop skating, skate to win, play physical, with skilled talent.

  2. michiganhockey11 - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Kings looked great in game 2. Noticed the Rangers running a 4 man trap trying to slow down the neutral zone, but it wasn’t very effective as the Kings were running a dump and chase and caught the Rangers flat footed. Boston ran a 1-3-1 in their games and that worked better as a trap because the last defensemen was far enough back in his defensive zone to get control of the puck before the forecheckers could get there.

    Not a fan of either, but it’s great to watch.

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