Darryl Sutter offered up another gem last night, shortly after the Kings won to take a 3-0 series lead against Vancouver. As only he can, Sutter intoned, “You don’t get nothing for three.’’ Asked, today, if he agreed with his coach’s assessment, that the Kings hadn’t accomplished anything yet, captain Dustin Brown was similarly succinct. “Yep,’’ Brown said, drawing chuckles from media members.
It’s not a humility shtick by the Kings. The Canucks dominated at least two-thirds of last night’s game, but Jonathan Quick was excellent and Brown scored the only goal. The teams now have a couple days to exhale before Wednesday’s Game 4. Who will that benefit? It gives the Canucks a couple days to regroup, but it also gives the Kings a chance to review some things that went wrong in the past two games.
SUTTER: “I think I’d prefer to play tomorrow, but obviously we’re both in the same situation and we both have players that need the day. Good practice tomorrow, and get ready again.’’
And what do the Kings need to do better? Brown and Drew Doughty tackled that question…
BROWN: “We’ve got to have better possession. I think Game 1 was a really good puck-possession game for us, and it made it really hard on their top guys to have opportunities. The last two games, they’ve had over 40 shots against us. We have Quicker in net, and a good defensive scheme, (so) we didn’t give them a ton of grade-A scoring chances, but if we can play in their end, it makes it a lot harder on them.’’
DOUGHTY: “The next game is going to be the toughest of them all. Vancouver took it to us last night. They played their best game of the series, and now it’s our turn to play our best game. We can’t treat it as if we’re up three-nothing. We just have to win one more. We have to play our hardest game yet, and just take it as if we’re down a few (games).’’
Question: Darryl talked, after Game 2, about how you would have to be better in Game 3. Do you have to be better, still, in Game 4?
DOUGHTY: “Definitely. We still haven’t played our best hockey, and I thought we were probably even worse yesterday than we were in Game 2. So, we definitely need to pick up our socks, and every one of us needs to play better. As a team, as a whole, we need to be better in every single area, whether it’s special teams or 5-on-5.’’