October 9 postgame quotes: Jeff Carter
On playing with Daniel Carcillo, compared to playing with Matt Frattin:
Fratty and Car Bomb are I think really similar players. They’re both hard-nosed guys that are going to get in on the forecheck and create turnovers and whatnot. I think Dan stepped in real well and got in on the forecheck for us, just banging some bodies and creating some turnovers and stuff like that. I thought it was good.
On whether he was happy with the team’s skating after having drawn six power plays:
I don’t know. I thought we had a better effort. When you’re on the puck and banging bodies and working to win battles, you draw penalties. They have to haul you down, whatever – holding, slashing, whatever it is, I thought we did a better job of just getting on ‘em.
On his deflection on the game-winning goal:
They just left me all alone. We talked about [it]. We saw it in the power play before. Brownie was sitting at the net for 30 seconds all by himself. Rick gets a shot through, I’ve got to get a stick on it because I got a lot of time.
On creating screens and getting to the net:
You’re not going to score too many goals in this league unless you have a guy standing in front of the net. Goalies are too big, too good, too quick. It’s something that we’ve talked a lot about. You look at probably 90 percent of our goals this year, there’s a guy standing right in front of him. That’s what you’ve got to do.
On whether there can be improvement in the team’s five-on-five play:
I mean, there’s always room to improve. I thought we took a step in the right direction tonight. We’ve still got some work to do.
On the team finding success:
I think when this team, we play a fast game, that’s when we are really successful. Big and fast. When we are not moving our feet, we’re big and slow.
On the game-winning goal:
[Richards] made a great play. All I did was go to the net.
On the upcoming road trip:
I think it will be good for us to get away a bit here. It’s teams we haven’t seen in a long time. A lot of these guys we can’t remember the last time we played to be honest. It will be fun. A little change. See some new faces on the other side. These teams we are playing are tough teams and we haven’t played them in quite a bit. They got some pretty skilled players I respect.
On Dustin Brown’s play:
It was good. He’s been right on the door step a few times the last few games here. Posts and crossbar. It was just a matter of time until he got a couple. It was nice to see him get rewarded.
On Ottawa’s comeback:
We can’t be giving up leads. That’s a given.…Another day playing these Eastern Conference teams and two points is two points. We obviously don’t want to give up a point but it doesn’t really make much sense because they are in the East. So, two points.