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A lot of people questioned Dean Lombardi bringing in Darryl Sutter. Does anyone question it now?
I think there is one thing that immediately goes hand in hand with coach Darryl Sutter, and that is focus.
He had the players focused throughout the playoffs. Day in and day out, it was complete and utter focus. The Kings approached every single game the same way. It was business as usual, and the business was winning.
Part of the playoffs is rhythm and momentum. Sutter had these players preparing the same exact way and taking the same exact mind set every night and every practice. When it started working, it was so easy for the players to buy in and not get derailed by something like jet lag, hotel rooms, opposing arenas or locker rooms.
The focus was never shaken.