Found June 09, 2013 on Fox Sports West:
When Darryl Sutter met with the media prior to Game 5, the coach made it clear that a team cant give up three goals to the Chicago Blackhawks andexpect to win. Considering his squad wasaveraging just two goals a game heading into Game 5, I would understand hisconcern.Falling behind early in the first six minutes of the game leftthe Kings with little margin for error and in the end, Patrick Kane was toomuch to handle for the Los Angeles Kings. Kanes third goal of the game on a slick pass from JonathanToews at 11:40 of the second overtime spoiled an amazing Kings comeback as theBlackhawks stamped their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals with a 4-3 double overtimevictory.I knew it was coming as soon as Toews had the puck, Kanetold NBC Sports.We got beat in the conference final by the best team in theconference at the end of the day, said Kings coach Darryl Sutter. We aredisappointed to lose to Chicago but not disappointed in how we played.The Kings erased an early 2-0 deficit with goals from DwightKing and Anze Kopitar, but Patrick Kanes second of the night with just overthree minutes remaining in regulation giving the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead.The Kings' Justin Williams appeared to be trippedon the play that led to the goal and things looked rather bleak for thedefending Stanley Cup Champions. Thenwith just 9.4 seconds left, Mike Richards tied the game and hope was stillalive."I thought I got taken down," Williams told KingsLive. "And they scored right after that, so that was very emotional. I wasextremely happy we got a chance in overtime. Maybe it was the hockey godsmaking up for it. But in the end, they scored the big goal and we couldn't doit."The Kings were trying to become the first team since the1997-98 Detroit Red Wings to win back-to-back Stanley Cups. In the end, theirinability to win on the road (1-8 in the playoffs) was a contributing factor innot getting the opportunity to defend their title as champions.We couldnt find a way to win a road game, said JarretStoll. We wanted to play until the end of June. You cant be happy with losing. You never are. Doesnt matter ifit is the Western Conference Finals or the Stanley Cup Finals or not evenmaking the playoffs. Its still an emptyfeeling.It sucks, there is no doubt about it, said Drew Doughty. Its frustrating that we lost. We wanted to get back to the Stanley CupFinals and we wanted to win again. Everyone wanted it so bad. To notbe successful is tough to take.Give credit to the Blackhawks, who were the PresidentTrophy winners (best record during the regular season) and were thebetter team in the series. That beingsaid, the extent of theinjuries that hampered the play of Dustin Brown, Kopitar and Williams should be revealed in the coming days. Brown reportedly had ligament damage in his knee whileWilliams was trying to play through a separated shoulder.We had three or four guys that were game time decisionssince decisions after Game 6 in San Jose, Sutter added. It tellsyou how tough it is to win. You have tostay healthy with your top guys, close to 100 percent and we werent.Notwithstanding, the Kings can hold their heads up high. They were one of only two teams who made itto the playoffs last year to advance past the opening round of the playoffsthis year and were the only team from last year to return to the conference finals this season.While there may be some offseason retooling, the LosAngeles Kings have shown they are more than a one-year success story.
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