The Los Angeles Kings are playing amazing hockey. Throughout 17 playoff games, the team has totaled 56 goals; working out to be over three goals per game. For playoff hockey, this is insane.
Kings coach, Darryl Sutter, is giving forward Marian Gaborik the credit.
“Well, we scored just over three a game the whole playoffs,” Sutter said. “Since the Olympic break, I think, you know, probably getting Gabby coming here makes a difference because it spreads it around. I don’t think it’s one thing in particular. I don’t think it’s a one-line deal.”
Gaborik currently has nine goals throughout the playoffs, setting the league record. His line is currently the best in the team.
“Kopitar’s line didn’t score a goal. Got to spread it around. Wasn’t a problem for us in the 48 games and last year’s playoffs. It got to be made an issue, which wasn’t something I was never really worried about this year.”
Sutter may be making some line changes approaching Game 4 to even out the scoring. All lines need to make an impact in such vital games.
The Kings have an incredibly offensive team at the moment. Kings captain, Dustin Brown, is excited to see the impact newer members of the lineup are making.
“I think it’s exciting as a player who’s been here for a long time to see guys come up and have really good success on the offensive side of the puck. Everyone talks about how we’re not an offensive team and that’s probably our M.O. because we are very good on the defensive side of the puck. But to see some of the plays that they’re making it’s exciting to be a teammate. I’m sure it’s exciting to be a fan.”
Usually seen as a defensive team, the balancing out is simply the next step the Kings have taken to prove they have what it takes to win a Stanley Cup.