Awesome…Simply Awesome.

Sutter’s quotes on the powerplay today:

“Our power play is awesome, other than the 5-on-3, in the two games we just played. In Chicago we had six minutes of power play in the first period and we had 12 shots. The next part is you and me tipping one in. Literally, in the first period we had 12 shots, and we called seven of them good opportunities. I know, if I’m watching upstairs or I’m covering, I’m saying, `Oh, the power play,’ because it’s 14 percent or whatever, but you have to give them — especially the young players on the power play — you have to give them the ability to use their ability. My responsibility in that is to give them their two or three options against whoever they’re playing, get them to focus on that and then actually having the puck and making the play that they can.

“Throughout the year, their percentages are down, but for a team that’s a low-scoring team — the lowest-scoring team in the conference — they’ve scored whatever it is (number of goals) on the power play, and that’s about the middle. So, give our team credit. They’re a team that draws penalties. If we only had two or three a game, it would be different, but we’re drawing penalties, so that’s a good thing. Now it’s trying to get a half a goal per game more.’’

I know the above quotes may freak some out but put it in perspective. He’s saying we’re getting chances. We’re just not finishing. I disagree with him in one respect. Our powerplay under Murray and Kompon was stationary and still, to a great extent, is. The chances have been there but few and far between. We are still looking for the low to high and stretching the defense as the sole weapon. But…oh, but then he gave us this beauty, something you didn’t hear from Murray, don’t hear from Jamie Kompon but I have preached, prayed and pounded for each of Terry Muray’s three seasons.

“Quite honestly, from all the tape I’ve watched, and being with them, the one thing we’re trying to do more is get guys in the middle of the ice. We were a real perimeter power play, like fadeaway jumpers. They’re highlight films, but not very often are they goals. So we’re just trying to get more to the middle of the ice, that sort of thing.’’

Amen, brother Sutter. Amen.

Can I get a hallelujah?

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10 replies

  1. Bobby, are you turning “Nutter for Sutter”?

    • No. He is saying things we have been saying and which, quite bluntly, are common sense. Murray was obtuse on the offensive side of the game. Sutter’s words have brought hope but talk is cheap. I want to see it on the ice.

  2. I don’t know who in their right mind would believe that perimeter play is the most effective strategy on the PP. While it’s nice to hear our coach acknowledge that, it doesn’t take a genius to figure it out. Still, I like him and think he has done a good job of making changes and getting key players on his side. He seems to be prioritizing the right things to change or work on (overall team posture and now PP).

  3. Happy new year Guys, and all that love this blog! See you guys tomorrow.

  4. I learned everything I know from reading Surly & Scribe. (I had to polish up on my Kings before taking the position.) That is why I, Darryl Sutter, am pretty much saying what you guys have said for a long time. Much thanks to you!

  5. Darryl Sutter will be the ONLY reason Jamie Kompon keeps his job this season.

    • Because of your post the other day I had a dream last night that Nelson Emerson jumped on the ice against Vancouver, took a shot from the right circle, fought off a defender to get his own rebound and put a beauty over Luongo’s left shoulder from 5 feet out from the crease to win the game in overtime. It was a great dream until I realized Emerson’s playing days were over. My point is screw you Matt for putting that in my head.

  6. Well they got a PP goal and it was from the center go the ice. No highlight reel, but for this long suffering Kings fans, I replayed over and over. Thanks DS!

  7. How bad is the Kings PP you may wonder? Let’s take a game for example where the KIngs are down a goal with five minutes left in the third period. This team they are playing has one of the worse three Pk in the league. That team just got a five minute major and the Kings go on a PP for the rest of regulation. Now someone else during that time gets a penalty from the other team and now it is a five on three. The Kings coach now decides to Pull the goaltender for a six on three. The Kings defence prevents the other team from scoring an empty netter and the other team wins by one goal.


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