Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter wasn’t surprised when the Dallas Stars blitzed his team with four third-period goals Tuesday night.
“Not really,” he told reporters after the game. “We turned the puck over pretty regularly tonight. I think eventually it got us.”
The Stars victimized the Anze Kopitar again and again during the 5-1 loss.
Here was Sutter’s takeaway from that: “(We must) get our top players to play better. Unfortunately some of them have not played very well against Dallas this year when you break it out.”
Kopitar held his group accountable for the fiasco.
“We didn’t really play our game in the first two, and then the third was just a terrible period for us,” he told reporters. “Our line can’t get scored on four times in one period. It definitely wasn’t a good period.
“For sure, we’re going to talk about it and put it behind us after that. With the schedule that we have, we can’t really look back too much. But we can’t just forget about this period. We’ve got to address it. A period like this, it’s unacceptable. Everybody knows within this room, so we’ve got to be a whole lot better on the next game.”
What went wrong?
“We just were making too many turnovers,” Kopitar said. “A team like they have, and the skill that they possess, they’re going to capitalize on that, and they did.”
It'll be interesting to watch the fallout from this game. Will Sutter shuffle his top lines? Will Jonathan Bernier get more work goal in place of Jonathan Quick, who allowed all five goals Tuesday?