Los Angeles Kings: 4 Reasons Darryl Sutter Has Made a Huge Impact

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Los Angeles Kings: 4 Reasons Darryl Sutter Has Made a Huge Impact
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Darryl Sutter and Dustin Brown celebrate the Kings' first Stanley Cup win in franchise history.

Never in 119 years of the Stanley Cup playoffs has a team done what the Los Angeles Kings did this past season.

After taking over a little before the halfway point of the year, Darryl Sutter led his eighth-place Kings past the first, second and third seeds.  That's an incredible accomplishment.  In beating the Canucks, Blues and Coyotes respectively, they became the first eighth seed to win a cup.

The records didn't stop there either.  L.A. became the first team to win 10 straight road playoff games.  Again, keep in mind the quality of their opponents.  They also became the first team to have a 3-0 lead in each of their series.

When a team in any sport wins in historic fashion, the coach is bound to get some credit.  It's rare though to see a team who fired their coach midseason bring someone in who leads them on a run like the one the Kings went on.

Darryl Sutter's impact in L.A. was seen in almost every facet of their game.  With that said, let's take a look at four reasons that impact was so huge.

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