Sutter on Quick: `Mentally stay in it’
Every goalie has a rough night from time to time, but Jonathan Quick has set the bar so high for himself this season that, when it happens, it’s almost shocking. Quick allowed four goals on 29 shots last night, then got beat twice in three shootout attempts. Quick had allowed two or fewer goals in nine consecutive starts and had allowed a total of four goals in his previous three starts. Given Quick’s rough night, a late flight, back-to-back games and altitude, it’s fair to assume that Jonathan Bernier will start tonight, but of course Darryl Sutter will not speak to that. Sutter did speak to Quick’s game last night, though.
SUTTER: “As it goes along, in his career, he will learn how to win high-scoring games. Top goalies always do that.’’
Question: What’s the lesson that needs to be learned there?
SUTTER: “Mentally stay in it. It’s really no different than any other position. You can’t let one mistake, or one (goal) you think you could have had, affect your next one. I’m sure, if you talk to him, he’d like to have a couple (goals) back. I played with a Hall of Fame goaltender who was a flat-out winner, and that’s what he said. The best goalies win high-scoring games. That was Tony Esposito. And really, when you look at it (in history), with the Edmonton goalies (in the 1980s) and Patrick Roy, it’s right.’’