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Darryl Sutter Knows What He Is Doing

from Jill Painter of the Los Angeles Daily News,

Darryl Sutter is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get. Except for postseason success, Sutter is a mystery worth trying to solve.

Sutter has the Kings leading Chicago 2-1 in the Western Conference Finals with Game 4 today at Staples Center. The Kings are two wins away from the Stanley Cup Finals, which they won for the first time in 2012. And they’ve made the conference finals in Sutter’s three years behind the bench.

You can’t make a scrunched Sutter face at those statistics.

Sutter can be awkward, quirky, engaging and funny. Other times, he can be like Jonathan Quick: gruff, short and not one bit insightful. He always knows what he’s doing.

Especially with the Kings, whether it’s pushing their buttons or using the break after a sluggish period to say nothing at all. And likely throw in a disgruntled facial expression or two.

He does many things well.

“He’s all about motivation and preparation,” defenseman Willie Mitchell said. “He pushes buttons at different times with different people. He makes you comfortably uncomfortable. That’s kind of his shtick.”

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Sometimes he comes off as the reincarnation of Professor Irwin Corey.

(Except the ol’ Professor is still with us.)

Posted by BobTheZee on 05/26/14 at 11:32 AM ET

pautna's avatar

@Bob LOL! Nice.

Posted by pautna on 05/26/14 at 01:18 PM ET

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