April 13, 2012 3:00 pm

Sutter tamps down Penner praise

Before Game 1, Dustin Penner went ignored by the media throng. Then, after he scored the game-winning goal Wednesday, Penner faced a circle of cameras. Then he faced them again after Thursday’s practice. And again after today’s morning skate. Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault fanned the flames yesterday when he talked about the Canucks’ need to find an answer for Penner. True to his nature, Darryl Sutter wasn’t quite as effusive with his public praise. Sutter was asked about Penner’s game and, in general, what a player such as Penner can bring to a team…

SUTTER: “He can be a whole lot better for all three periods. You’re talking about him because he scored one goal. If it’s just about scoring, then I don’t think we’re going to beat this team 5-4 or 6-5. I highly doubt that. You have to be very good, 200 feet, everywhere on the ice.’’

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