The stretch run has such a way of magnifying the good and the bad.
For instance, a puck banks off the skate of
Anaheim felt as if it was able to find its identity again in the last two games. The Kings, who face Phoenix on Monday night, have lost twice since the Olympic break, and it is exactly the same with the Ducks, who are off until Tuesday against Washington.
"Last night, was sort of a microcosm of it because we made two really soft plays in our zone that cost us two goals against," Coach
The Kings often hit the right balance during their recent eight-game winning streak, getting unexpected offensive contributions from the likes of forward
"You can't win with one line or one or two guys," Sutter said. "You can't win consistently. You can steal it or surprise it. Just look at last night. I mean, we played really well against the [Ryan] Getzlaf line and did a good job in special teams, which is just about what you do in playoff time.
"You match up. But lesser guys scored goals for them. Lesser lines or lesser guys that don't get as many minutes and that's what we need."
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"It puts all those guys right now in slots," Sutter said. "In today's game, the teams are too balanced. If you bunch everybody together and you don't have the personnel to do it, you're not going far. It looks good tonight. But it's not going to look good tomorrow.'
Sutter detailed the fine balance that helped push the Kings to the
"With us, if [Marian] can play with Kopi [
"And that puts Brownie where he should be. It puts him in that third-line role with guys who go up and down and check and play hard, chip in your 15 to 20 [minutes]. It all shakes out perfectly."
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