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Sutter says Kings learned lesson after failing to sweep Devils

Jun 10, 2014, 3:46 PM EDT

Darryl Sutter AP

NEW YORK — You may recall back in 2012 when the Los Angeles Kings had a chance to sweep the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Final, only to lose Game 4 at Staples Center. The Kings then proceeded to lose Game 5 on the road in Newark, before returning home to close out the series and celebrate their first championship in franchise history.

On Wednesday, the Kings will once again try to complete the sweep in the Cup final, this time at Madison Square Garden versus the Rangers.

So, not surprisingly, Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter was asked today if there was a difference between the situation two years ago and the one this time around.

“Game 4 was at home [in 2012],” Sutter said. “There was a lot of distraction. I think that was a lesson learned not just for our players but for our whole organization. We were trying to keep our players as a little inner circle, which they still do. But the circle got a little bit of infringement.”

Sutter will obviously be hoping his team can keep its inner circle tight and complete the sweep tomorrow at MSG; otherwise, he’ll have to face questions about not sweeping — which he does not care for — and then if they don’t win Game 5, the questions about pressure will start coming his way — which he does not care for either.

Plus, if the Kings complete the sweep tomorrow, they’ll, you know, win the Stanley Cup.

“Most players, coaches, trainers never get any chance, zero,” said Sutter. “So when you get the opportunity, and I’ve been fortunate to be in quite a few of them, it’s always a testament to the group you have and to understand how tough it is.

“That’s why not many people or teams win it because it’s hard for them to take on the whole challenge of what it is to win and the price you got to pay and the sacrifice you got to make.”

  1. JoeAvg - Jun 10, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    “That’s why not many people or teams win it because it’s hard for them to take on the whole challenge of what it is to win and the price you got to pay and the sacrifice you got to make.”

    I really like this guy, true character – in more than one sense of the word.

  2. 950003cups - Jun 10, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Mr Sutter and all Kings fans can thank the NJ Devils for a life long lesson. We hope they’ve truly learned, and will proceed to sweep the rags back under the carpet where they belong. They have their best roster in 20 years. They gambled on big contracts that frankly, nobody will just take off their hands like the Gomez deal. They crapped out the first three games. A sweep will devastate the fan base. A 2 game rally would save face. A 4 game comeback would make them the envy of the league, barring a cheap shot at Quick.

    • 19to77 - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      Interesting how that works, isn’t it? If the Rangers rally and win, Richards and Nash and everyone else is absolved of criticism and Lundqvist reigns as King till the end of his days, the best goalie in franchise history. If they’re swept, Richards is bought out, Nash becomes trade bait and Lundqvist’s clutchness is forever doubted. Funny what a playoff series can do to cement or rewrite the whole image of a team. Hell, if the Devils won in 2012, would anyone be laughing at them now? I doubt it. Parise and Kovalchuk might still be there even.

      • 950003cups - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:11 PM

        You wanna know why?

        “Because Its The Playoffs”

      • 950003cups - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:11 PM

        Actaully its

        “Because It’s The Cup”

      • 950003cups - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        By the way, NOBODY is laughing at the Devils. The rags used to laugh, but now that they, finally, after 20 years, know the feeling of being a contender in a bad spot, stopped laughing.

  3. blomfeld - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    A wonderful coach who encapsulates all the necessary ingredients of ‘true’ leader …

  4. bleedrangerblue - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Lol @950003. You are delusional, and a Dick.

  5. bleedrangerblue - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    How would a 4 game sweep devastate the fan base ?? Are you watching the games? Or are you praying the Rangers don’t win cuz your Devils suck? Been a Proud Ranger fan since the early 70’s. Get a clue here.

    • hrudey - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      Well, how can they finish the Devils 2014 highlight video until the Rangers lose? What else are they going to put, their zeroes of postseason goals?

  6. doknyc - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    95003 is simply a troll, who is mad because they rejected him for the cast of jersey shore…

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