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Darryl Sutter is heading back to the SCF.
Chicago's Joel Quenneville and Los Angeles' Darryl Sutter are two of the best coaches in the NHL, and they showed it throughout this series.
It was fun listening to Sutter's brief and clever quips during postgame press conferences, but it was even better watching each coach match lines throughout the series as they tried to gain the slightest advantage that would earn their team a win.
In the first two games in Chicago, Quenneville matched up Jonathan Toews on Anze Kopitar when he had the last change in an attempt to slow down the Kings' top center. It worked in Game 1, less so in Game 2.
Midway through the series, the Kings had a big advantage when "That 70s Line" of Tyler Toffoli, Jeff Carter and Tanner Pearson worked its magic.
Meanwhile, in Game 6, Quenneville put together a line of Patrick Kane, Andrew Shaw and Brandon Saad. That worked well enough to earn Chicago a big win to force a Game 7, as Kane scored twice and added an assist to pace the Chicago attack.
In Game 7, the two coaches again changed their line combinations mid-game as each side vied for an edge.
The chess match between two of the game's best coaches was yet another added bonus in this fine series.