April 13, 2013 11:44 pm

April 13 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter

On the teams not having a ton of chances early and the course of Saturday’s game:
“First period we had lots. We just missed the net, quite honest. We had a really good first period and they got some momentum back in the second with a shorthanded goal, and then it was just kind of a track meet in the third.”

On the fourth line providing a lift to stem the momentum in the third period:
“They were trying to bounce back, I think, [and] give our team some energy, which is what they should have. The Ducks we knew were going to have it because they’ve had a couple days, and our fourth line hasn’t been playing much so they have to match that.”

On Mike Richards’ play:
“Well, I think he has gotten stronger, for sure. And, typically with Mike, that is the bigger it gets, the better he plays. I think it’s on record that he had a tough start and he’s certainly played well lately. We need those centermen to complement each other. That was one of the real strengths of our team last year.”

On Trevor Lewis’ strong performance:
“Well, Trevor doesn’t have too many bad ones, with very little credit. Him and Jarret had the first penalty kill, play against everybody’s top lines, play serious minutes, and we try to reward them by giving them some power play time. He just goes about his business and you know what, good on him. He’s a good player. He’s a guy who came here and nobody was too sure on him and I said ‘Whoa, this kid’s a good player’ right away. It’s just a confidence thing and it shows every night.”

On the second period seeming to “not really fit” with the other periods:
“Not really. We had two four-minute power plays, and they scored a shorthanded goal and that was it. It wasn’t really one way or the other.”

On what he expects from San Jose on Tuesday:
“I want to take a day off, and then I’ll start expecting. I’m not expecting yet.”

On which player impressed him the most:
“I liked our team. I mean, we just finished…seven of 11 on the road, and the White House, and managed to still win our home games while we were doing it. Without having one day off anywhere there, with all that travelling, I think our guys did a good job. I don’t think it was single or any of that sort of thing.”

On what he saw from Jonathan Quick on Ryan Getzlaf’s shorthanded goal:
“You know what, he read it right away, and then he made it out with a little hitch there. But, you know what? The play and mistake wasn’t made there. It was made before that. You know what? You’re going to see that once or twice a year. If it wasn’t rolling, he probably would’ve gotten to it…Our kids on the back end on the power play struggled tonight and cost us there.”

On Quick’s performance:
“I think he was solid. He was very good I think when he recognized when we were at the end of shifts and tired, he covered pucks, got us faceoffs, no rebounds. Did a good job.”

On whether Drew’s productivity is related to having Robyn Regehr as a counterbalance:
“Probably the other way, quite honest. Bringing Robyn in – Robyn’s going to play in a shut-down role, so Drew has to assume some of that responsibility now.”

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