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Sutter says momentum is media created, doesn’t carry over

Jun 12, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

Darryl Sutter AP

The New York Rangers’ victory in Game 4 have given them hope of being able to storm back in the Stanley Cup Final. After seeing Henrik Lundqvist stand on his head to help the Rangers beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1, you might think they have momentum.

Kings coach Darryl Sutter, however, isn’t buying into it and gave his own take on where, when, and how momentum exists.

“I think the question was asked several times. Asked again last night about momentum. I know it’s usually media-created,” Sutter said.

“There’s momentum during games and momentum with penalties, momentum with scoring chances, things like that. But if it was always about momentum from game to game, then most series would be over in four and it wouldn’t be called four-out-of-seven, it would be the team that won the first game must have the momentum, and the team that won the last game must have all the momentum.”

That’s a typically zen-like take from the often understated Kings coach.

Before you fly off the handle about him saying momentum is “media created” he’s got a point. His team does still have a 3-1 lead in the series and two of the final three games, if they’re necessary, take place at Staples Center.

For what it’s worth, Kings goalie Jonathan Quick agreed with his coach.

“I’ve said this all playoffs,” Quick said. “I don’t know if it really carries over, game to game. It’s 0-0. All we’re trying to do is have a good start and go from there.”

It took an unreal effort from Lundqvist and a little bit of help from snowy ice for the Rangers to escape with a win. That might serve to be inspiration for them, but (cliché alert!) momentum is only as big as the next goal.

  1. imleftcoast - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Sutter’s earned the benefit of the doubt in this year’s playoffs. LA would be out by now if they believed momentum carried over from game-to-game.

    • dwadholm - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      Perhaps that is the genius of his coaching. While others are talking about bad breaks and puck luck he has consistently been objective about each goal, each game, each series. You hear it in a lot of things he says…

      The players and coaches are all human so emotion plays a big part in hockey. Not letting that emotion work against you is the trick. Being able to see that the current position is not the end result and getting your team to believe that is a true skill. Whether, it is a 2 goal deficit going into the third or a 3 game deficit facing elimination he has convinced his team that it is the law of averages that prevail if you work hard and stick to your system.

      He is a brilliant coach.

      • imleftcoast - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        Dean Lombardi is brilliant. The team is stocked with talent, and in the cap era, he’s done better than any other GM.

        Sutter almost screwed it up. The Kings were terrible in December and if they had lost in the first round, I’m not sure Sutter would have a job. Their system sucked in the regular season. They were awful to watch until about three games into the playoffs.

        You can’t argue with the success, but Lombardi deserves 95% and Sutter maybe 5% for getting out of the way and letting his team finally play.

      • dwadholm - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        @imleftcoast – I wonder if the players would agree with you… I seriously doubt it.

  2. luz56 - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Everything in life is media driven…. Create controversy, unnamed sources, or outright lies just to drive ratings or lift profiles… I call them jock sniffing fluffers

    • canucks30 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      You hear that Yerdon?

      He’s calling you a “jock sniffing fluffer”

      You gonna take that?

      • canucks30 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:05 PM

  3. capsrockva - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    At the start of the playoffs I said anyone but PIT/BOS/NY. Come on LA take game 5 and wrap up the series,(although selflessly I want the series to last so I get to watch more of the game that I love)

  4. canucks30 - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Perhaps. But a hot goalie isn’t.

    If Lundqvist continues to play out of his mind, the Rangers could mount some semblance of a comeback.

  5. paulerhythm - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Yep, I agree with the King’s coach. No doubt if the Kings played like they did in game 4 they win easily. No way does Lunqvist, as great as he is, can continue to stand on his head and stop 40 shots. 3 or 4 goes in. The Kings are just a better team and the better team always wins.

    • infieldhit - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      The better team always wins? In the NHL playoffs? More like the goalie who’s playing better at the time.

  6. luz56 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    I will rephrase it….. Most freeloading looking for their next free meal media types….I don’t know this writer so I will pass judgement… Some of these guys I do know along with the major media guys and they fit the above moniker

  7. bcisleman - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    I’m with Sutter. Kings won the first three games and thoroughly outplayed the NYR in Game 4. Even AV and his players were admitting that they were lucky. The Rangers survived a game they absolutely deserved to lose and they know it. Let them win Game 5 and maybe we’ll talk about mo going back to MSG. This is more like a reprieve from a death sentence.

  8. blomfeld - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    ANOTHER ‘ENDEARING’ PHOTO OF COACH SUTTER EH ? :)

    Well done Yerdon ! As for the ‘media’ fueling momentum, speculation, unrest, chaos and mayhem as such ? … The bottom line friends is that ‘they’ can go and ‘shove it’ right up their ‘precious’ little ‘Bilderberg Group’ asses ! … today, tomorrow and forever !!!

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!

    AND MAY THE HEELS OF TRUTH ‘FOREVER’ QUASH THOSE WHO ARE LIARS !!!

  9. cheggy1731 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    “Momentum” is basically confidence. Are you confident that you can carry the “momentum” into another game? The other team always has some degree of confidence to answer your momentum. The Kings are confident they can close out the series, regardless of any “momentum” / confidence the Rangers may have gained by by winnings inning the last game. Sutter is great coach and entertaining. Kings will win! Thanks to the ex Blackhawk!

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