February 5, 2013 12:36 pm

February 5 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter

On rarely pulling goaltenders and Jonathan Quick bouncing back:
“The reason being why [those] goalies have only been pulled that many times is because they’re top, number one guys. If you look at that in that context, [the] reason they’re top, number one guys is because they have the ability to bounce back – not just from being pulled, but from tough outings. I don’t even look at it as an issue with Jonathan.”

On whether he has reassessed how often he uses Quick:
“I was planning on starting him every game.”

On what he sees early on Columbus that indicates it will be a different night than Saturday:
“Hopefully not getting down two goals. That would be different.”

On if he’s noticed any “fundamental” issues in the penalty killing:
“Well, it was one game, right? We were like 80-something percent – 85 – going into the game, and the other team scores three goals, and then it drops down. First off, your goalie’s your best penalty killer. Second off, there’s guys that their number one role on our team is to kill penalties, or else they’re not going to play. If they’re not efficient at that, then it obviously affects their minutes. And they’re veteran players. It’s usually that teams that struggle with their penalty killing usually struggle with their defensive game also, for different reasons. When the five-on-five responsible player has his game in place, then generally he’s a good penalty killer, and generally that’s good, too. We’re not trying to do anything special on penalty killing compared to other teams. Everybody kills basically the same way, so it’s just who’s more efficient at it, who wants to get in front of a blocked shot, who wants to put their stick on the ice, who wants to do a little bit more work up ice, who wants to shoot the puck 200 feet. Just little things like that.”

On what he’s seeing in Simon Gagne:
“Looks better with his hands. Yep. We need him to finish. We need him to show some more detail and more urgency in traffic areas. “

On what he’s seen from Columbus:
“I’ve watched Columbus lots over the last year. I think bringing Bobrovsky in has challenged Steve [Mason], [to] make him a better goalie, and he’s played really well for them. I think that they are a team that plays with a lot of energy and they are a good forechecking team and they have some top young players.”

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