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March 4, 2013 11:25 pm

March 4 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter

On the difference between tonight’s game and the other two games against Nashville:
“Not much difference, actually. Two games prior, we scored a power play goal as the only goal we scored. Tonight we scored two. Last game in here we lost 2-1 in a shootout…Not much different.”

On Jeff Carter’s hot streak:
“He was hot tonight. He struggled – hey, I’m sure he’d tell you he struggled the last two games. If you traveled with us, you would say that he wasn’t necessarily hot. He’ll tell you that. You get back to work tonight, he was rewarded with his skill set. He gets rewarded. It’s not like it was magic or something. He did a great job on his shots. He did a great job of stripping a puck and scoring on a breakaway.”

On Carter stripping the puck and scoring on a breakaway:
“Well, we ask our F1…he’s got to be the guy that kind of dictates stuff for us, if he is that guy that’s on the front part of it. It’s not very often you can force a turnover like that, but the rest of the other four guys on the ice know what direction it’s going to go. His skill set allowed him to do it – quick hands, good feet. If he doesn’t score, he gets a penalty shot. So then you would’ve been asking ‘How come he didn’t score on the penalty shot?’…He could’ve had another one, actually. Should’ve had the fourth.”

On his encouragement over the development of Slava Voynov:
“He’s played a lot of minutes for a kid. It’s not ‘encouraging’ or ‘discouraging’ when Slava has a rough night or a good night. He’s a good player.”

On whether a late offensive outburst can carry over to the following night:
“That could be possible. I guess we’ll find out. I don’t really know.”

On the team’s “slow start”
“It wasn’t a slow start. We were doing exactly what we wanted to do. [Nashville is a] tough team to play against. It’s just exactly what you asked the last time we played Nashville. Were you here the last time we played Nashville in this building? Remember? How many shots did they have?…What was the score? Great goalie at that end, missed the net by that much…It has nothing to do with a slow start. I thought we had an awesome start, actually.”

On Alec Martinez:
“He was in and out, up and down, side to side. Got to get him to be an effective young player. I‘ll evaluate and make a decision on our lineup tomorrow again.”

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