Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter was not considering jumping off a freeway overpass after Saturday’s loss to the Anaheim Ducks.
Despite not being able to take advantage of a 2-0 series lead heading back home to Staple Center, Sutter still feels good about his team’s chances in the series with Game 5 taking place Monday in Anaheim.
“Yeah, I’m not rattled,” Sutter joked on Sunday. “I’m just thankful I’m alive. I’m fortunate to pull through after a devastating loss (Saturday) night.”
The Kings did a lot of good things in the 2-0 loss to the Ducks in Game 4, including limiting Anaheim to just three shots over the final two periods. Those shots were conceded on an extended penalty kill in the third period, having outshot the Ducks 12-0 in the second.
“It’s not very often you hold a team to zero shots in a period, or three in a third period,” Sutter said. “Quite honestly, if you look at the two periods, or two games that have been played other than the overtime game, and you take out the real low-scoring chance one, which was Game 3, the team that scored first had an abundance of shots. They basically outshot the other team by a lot, but the result was opposite.
“The high-shooting team didn’t win. Take the overtime game out because you get an extra period so there are a lot more shots and attempts, but if you look at Game 1 and Game 2, Anaheim really outshot us and we won. And in Game 4, we really outshot them and lost. That’s the way it goes.”
Having seen his team out-play an opponent and lose on a number of occasions during the regular season, Sutter’s outlook wasn’t all doom and gloom at practice Sunday.
He did, however, try to play along with the theme of the day, touting out a M.A.S.H reference.
“They had to get me up off the (bed),” Sutter smiled. “Radar and Hawkeye had to get me up to come here today.”