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April 11, 2013 11:40 pm

April 11 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter

On the NHL being a “three-two league”:
“It’s good when you win three-two.”

On whether the team’s pressure game got away in the second period:
“We were playing a team with nothing to lose, right? They score a lucky goal and get back in it, and…quite honest, I thought we played really well. They scored a lucky goal and then the fourth line scores a goal against the fourth line and it’s no big deal.”

On playing against a goaltender making his NHL debut:
“You start trying to get as many shots as you can, but at the same time, a lot of times that’s the best game they play too, right? He played good. He had some really good saves for them. I’m not sure what happened to him, if he cramped up…[Reporter: They said he cramped up, yeah.] It kind of looked like that.”

On whether Richardson is getting a firmer hold on a lineup spot:
“You know what, the fourth line has got to outplay the other team’s fourth line.”

On whether Dustin Penner’s presence has helped “get Carter and Richards get going again”:
“I want to try and keep those top two lines consistent, and that means that Dustin, Mike and Jeff have to complement each other. I don’t think it is so much getting them going. Carter is fighting for the ‘Rocket’ Richard so I don’t think it’s about getting him going. I think Mike is a guy that plays better down the stretch, we’ve seen that, and that’s what he’s known for so it’s more Dustin that has to get going.”

On the importance of finishing with home-ice advantage in the first round:
“We’re trying to get in. That’s first and foremost. That’s what you start the season doing, that’s what everyone starts the season doing so that’s what we are trying to do first. It’s a difficult task.”

On how the schedule is broken down over the remaining seven games:
“We have one game that encompasses a busy schedule that we’ve been thgouh, so we want to get through that next game and then continue to get your two days. After that, you’re even home-and-road again, aren’t we? But we need to get through the next game. That’ll tie everything in then.”

On any concerns heading into the next two games:
“I think tonight’s awesome for Jonathan Quick, quite honest. Great for his psyche, if you look at it. He’s had a difficult time his last couple shootouts, so you know it’s the old thing – it’s getting the lead. You get the lead, score first – in the shootout too – it makes a difference, so that’s the most important thing for us. Our power play scored a goal. Our penalty killing was good, and so we’ve got to play against a higher level team on [Saturday].”

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