"Depth only matters when you win," Sutter said. "You need depth when you get to overtime games and games after overtime games. We've managed to do that. We've moved guys around. Obviously guys get banged up and things like that. But that is your biggest issue always in a series. It's not just playing guys, it's getting the quality, getting good minutes out of them."
Because Sutter has so much trust in so many different players in his lineup, he hasn't had to overplay his top players. Sure, at the end of the day Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar are going to play a lot. But because he's got four centers he trusts, because he has three defense pairs he trusts, all those minutes played in these playoffs have been spread across the lineup and that's the greatest defense to the compounding effect of all these games.
And it certainly doesn't hurt when you keep pulling off comeback after comeback, whether it's in a series or a game, it builds the kind of belief that's hard to come by in most NHL dressing rooms.
"It comes from experience," Williams said. "It comes from looking around the dressing room. I look at faces when I look around dressing rooms when we're down a goal and you can read a lot [about] what someone's thinking by just looking at their face. Between the second and third last night, I looked around and I didn't see anyone scared. I saw a prepared team that knew what they had to do."
The will is there, so is the know-how. But the biggest test for the Kings as the Cup finals shifts to New York this week is whether their legs will allow them to carry out two more victories.
"Every series, every game, every year you play in the league you go through experiences that ultimately will help you in certain situations," Williams said. "And I feel together as a team we've been through almost all of them you can imagine, and we've pulled through. So when we're down, do we feel comfortable? No, we don't feel comfortable. But we feel like we're able to come back. And belief is a very underrated attribute, and we have that going on within our team right now."