LOS ANGELES -- A series is never over until the handshake line. The Los Angeles Kings can testify, despite their romp through the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year.
Although Los Angeles posted an overall 16-4 record in the postseason, it went 4-4 in close-out games. The Kings will get their first crack of 2013 on Friday night against the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals (10 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS).
Following the morning skate, coach Darryl Sutter touched on what is necessary to win after being reminded that his team came back from a 2-0 series deficit.
"The key is always composure with our team," Sutter said. "We don't get caught up in score, series, shift. It's the most important part of the game, and it has to feed from leaders, coaches, and it does, on our team. It's very simple.
"If you're talking about desperation or adversity, well, I guarantee there's guys that said when the series was 2-0 that we were done, or when we were down 2-0 in a game, we're done. Or when we score in the last minute to tie it up in St. Louis, St. Louis was done. [But] they scored in overtime. Nobody's done. That's why you get in long series."