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April 19, 2014 4:44 pm

April 19 practice quotes: Kopitar, King, Brown

Anze Kopitar, on whether he likes having two days between playoff games: To be quite honest, I don’t know. It doesn’t really matter. This time of year, when you get a schedule, you’re trying to prepare for games obviously. I don’t think it really matters how far apart they are. It was nice to come back here and maybe get away from all the circus that’s going on. But we’re ...

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April 19, 2014 3:40 pm

Kings looking to tighten up in transition

Before returning to San Jose for Game 2, the Kings practiced at Toyota Sports Center for the second consecutive day and expressed a desire to reduce the number of quality chances and odd-man rushes the Sharks were able to generate. Part of the odd-man breaks came as the result of the Kings looking to “stretch it out,” when trailing by three goals, as Darryl Sutter said yesterday, though the Kings ...

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April 19, 2014 2:32 pm

April 19 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter

On whether an extra day between Game 1 and Game 2 is beneficial: Yeah, it’s good. [Reporter: Do you get a reset coming home a little bit, too? You did that last year, too, when you had the extra day.] I don’t think last year’s got anything to do with this year. On his evaluation of Drew Doughty’s first game back: Good. [Reporter: Anything that stood out in the way ...

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April 19, 2014 2:06 pm

Practice Notes: No changes to Game 1 lines, pairings

Though the Kings’ alignment was adjusted as Game 1 evolved, there were no changes to the lines or defensive pairings used at the outset of Game 1 when the team practiced at Toyota Sports Center on Saturday prior to its flight to San Jose. A drill that involved line rushes at the start of practice saw groupings of Gaborik-Kopitar-Williams, King-Richards-Carter, Toffoli-Stoll-Brown and Clifford-Lewis-Nolan, and defensive pairings of Muzzin-Doughty, Regehr-Voynov and ...

Andy Marlin / National Hockey League
April 19, 2014 9:55 am

Revisiting Sutter’s Law

There is a formula to going deep in the playoffs, and it’s not a secret. Darryl Sutter revealed it to the media at Toyota Sports Center two years ago. “Goaltenders, special teams, top players, unsung heroes and discipline,” he said. “Write it down and don’t forget it.” I did! I actually wrote an article about it two years ago, but that article didn’t make it over in the FOXSportsWest.com redesign ...

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April 18, 2014 4:03 pm

April 18 practice quotes: Martinez, Clifford

Alec Martinez, on handling San Jose’s size and speed: They’re a good hockey club. We knew that they were going to come out hard, especially in their building. We didn’t do a very good job of weathering the storm. We’ll learn from it and that’s why there are seven games. We’ll learn from and we had a good practice today and we’ll have another good one tomorrow. We’ll get back ...

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