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October 9, 2013 2:15 pm

October 9 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter

On the key to beating larger goaltenders:
I think know their tendencies. A lot of pucks hit the bigger guys, so if smaller guy’s not sharp, then you can score a few more goals.

On the team’s ability to score goals off screens:
Every goal we’ve scored has been on that. So, still, it’s the simplicity of the game – the traffic and getting inside and getting between the goalie and the defensemen – all those things are critical to scoring goals, not just highlight goals.

On what what he would describe as the “ideal” shift from Brown, Kopitar and Williams:
More help for Kopi. I mean, he’s pretty much been a dominant player for us in the first three games, but his wingers have to give him a lot more help.

On what he liked about the zone time shortly prior to New York’s first goal on Monday:
Probably that. But obviously the third goal was the difference in the hockey game. It was 2-1, we’re on the power play. It’s not the shift leading into that.

On where there has been a “timing issue” in breakouts and in transition:
Loose pucks, clearly. Nobody’s got the puck. I think our defensemen have to do a way better job of recognizing how much more time they have, and then making the play. I think we’re in a really good position to do it. We just need those guys to make better plays.

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