Even though the home team has won all five game playoff games between the Kings and Sharks and LA hasn’t won a game in San Jose since the 2011 playoffs, it hasn’t dampened the mood of coach Darryl Sutter or his players.
In an article posted yesterday, Sutter said things like – “We played well enough up there, got beat 2-1 twice. If we scored another goal, we might not be going back there”… and. regarding the noise in the Shark Tank, Sutter said – “What’s the big deal? Our building has been loud. I don’t think it’s got anything to do with… I’ve been in a lot louder buildings than that one. I don’t think it’s an issue.”
So clearly he’s not worried one bit.
What about the players, you ask? We’ll here are some comments we collected before they left town on Saturday afternoon…
Matt Greene on if there’s anything different the Kings need to do in Game 6 compared to what they did in San Jose for Games 3 and 4:
“Just have a better start, I think that’s it. They come out real hard in the first. They start the game really well, especially up there. That’s something you have to combat right there. The crowd is loud, they’re buzzing. They get the fore check going, it’s tough to catch up. We just have to make sure we have a good start and meet them head on there.”
Kyle Clifford on the possibility of winning a game in San Jose:
“It’s definitely possible. It’s just a matter of getting the job done, coming out early, coming out with purpose.”
Clifford on if there is something about HP Pavilion that makes it difficult to play in:
“I think it’s just a high energy building, have to expect they are going to come out hard. We are going to come out just as hard, if not harder.”
Colin Fraser on if there’s anything specific the Kings need to do to win in San Jose:
“I think we need to carry over our game from last game. We don’t want to repeat our Game 3 and 4 there. Obviously we weren’t good enough, I don’t think we played that great. So, Game 5 back in our building, is a good indication of how we need to play to give ourselves a chance to win. It’s a tough building to play in, what is it, two regulation losses all year? But you have to win on the road to win the whole thing. We have to be ready to go like we were last game.”
Dustin Brown on if it’s tougher to win at HP Pavilion than any other building this time of the year:
“It’s tough to win at any building this time of the year. They have a good thing going up there, much like we do here. And they have a group of guys that play really well on home ice and the power play is a big part of that. Is it any harder? I don’t know. But they have that home mentality, which I think comes into play to some extent. It’s a matter of what we do and how we prepare mentally. Our mind frame is more important going into that building than anything else for Game 6.”
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