May 26 postgame comments: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the parity in the series:
“Both teams have won three.”

On getting into penalty trouble early in the first period:
“Yep. Richards was a penalty. Kopi’s was a penalty. It’s not very good when you’re first two centermen are sitting over in those good seats over there looking at you.”

On the franchise not having played in a Game 7 since 2002:
“Who cares? So should we have a major announcement tomorrow that we haven’t played a Game 7? [Reporter: Just wondering if there was anything extra that you need to say.] Not really, no.”

On Trevor Lewis’ performance:
“I thought his line was really good. I thought Trevor and Kinger and Brownie were our best line.”

On the Sharks wanting to play faster, and whether he felt that they did:
“I thought it was pretty even both ways. Both teams are going to play the same way. I think that they have big forwards that played that way, and we had some guys that played that way too.”

On the key to Game 7:
“I think probably for us would be to stay away from those penalties early. Other than that, I thought we played pretty well tonight.”

Darryl Sutter: Hi Ray.

Ray Ratto: How’d it going?

DS: Good, you?

RR: Can’t complain a whole lot.

DS: No sense bitching, right? Nobody’s going to listen to you. Good? Pierre, you done?

Pierre LeBrun: I missed all of it, so are you good?

DS: Pardon?

PL: Was it good?

DS: Yeah, it was awesome. I found out during the press conference that we haven’t played a Game 7 since 2002. I can’t wait to get back there. It’s big for me.

On how close the series has been:
It’s a fine line. they scored a five-on-three goal tonight. Mike’s is an infraction, I think, on Thornton, and Kopi shoots it into the stands, and there’s a good chance with they’re power playu that they’re going to score. Quite honest, our power play was really good. It’s a fine line.”

On any complaints about the game:
“No, I thought it was a great crowd. Heck, we were ready to go. It was five o’clock. We can get out of town, Our plane leaves in 15 minutes. Just think, we get to go home, play Game 7. God.”

On any difference over the last two games in the series from the first four:
“Game [5] we didn’t allow a goal, and tonight we allowed two, and it was a low scoring series, so that’s 11-12. No, 12-9, the score is now, after six games.

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