AP Sports Writer
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - The Los Angeles Kings needed a few months to figure out Darryl Sutter.
When Sutter took over in December after coach Terry Murray's firing, his sour facial expressions and infamously low-pitched voice confused the Kings. They couldn't figure out when he was joking, or even what he was saying sometimes.
The Kings have decoded Sutter by now, and the coach has unraveled most of the problems that nearly wrecked their season.
Sutter might have done his finest work yet in his fourth NHL coaching stop, putting eighth-seeded Los Angeles on the verge of a second-round sweep of powerful St. Louis in Game 4 Sunday.
The second-seeded Blues haven't given up hope. They think the entire series could change if they can bring it back to St. Louis for Game 5.
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