June 9, 2012
Sutter feels no pressureDevils looking for momentum
By Terry Koshan, QMI Agency
NEWARK, New Jersey - Darryl Sutter can’t help but let his mind wander back to the family farm in Alberta.
The Los Angeles Kings coach, whose club would claim the first Stanley Cup in franchise history with a victory against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night at the Prudential Center, said he is missing an important event back home.
“In Canada this weekend it’s Farmer’s Day,” Sutter said after the morning skate. “It’s a big picnic with coolers. Don’t know if you know what that means.”
Of course, there is no place more than New Jersey that Sutter would rather be as the Kings hold a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Cup final.
The Kings are 10-0 in the 2012 playoffs on the road.
“You know, I don’t think there is any pressure on our team at all,” Sutter said. “The only pressure that the players should feel, or that you try to convey to them, is the pressure they put on themselves to be as good as they can be.”
For Devils coach Peter DeBoer, the concern lies in momentum. New Jersey is attempting to become just the second team in Cup final history to rally completely after losing the first three games.
“The first goal is important,” DeBoer said. “I don’t think there is any secret that we won the last game because for the first time in the series we found a way to get some momentum. It hasn’t been for lack of effort.
“I think we’ve pushed hard enough in the first periods of games in this series to grab the lead at different points. But (Kings goalie Jonathan) Quick either has made a big save or they made a good defensive play to keep us off the board. That momentum is important, sure.”