October 21 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter
On the challenges in the 3-2 loss:
Same challenge as every night.
On the special teams performance:
From the second period on, I think we took six penalties. So I think there appeared to be some fatigue in our game.
On how he viewed the late Kopitar penalty:
I’m not going to argue about the penalty. I mean, it’s from behind. We took two of those tonight – Clifford and Kopitar. Both penalties are leaving the zone that are basically backchecking or neutral zone penalties. They’ll come back and bite ya.
On Calgary’s game-winner
Greener should’ve cleared it. He should’ve had it down the ice. He’s one of our top penalty killers. We had a time out with a minute and so left. We had the four right guys on the ice, and we didn’t get the puck down the ice. So it’s a good shot. It’s a one-timer by a left-handed defenseman. Jonathan – I thought he had a hell of a game for us, so I’m not going to put anything on him on that.
On the team’s play in the defensive zone:
I thought we looked fatigued, quite honest. Tonight was 10-of-19, and the other team was clearly fresher than ours. I think they were in their eight game or something, so it was a big difference.
On the Carcillo-Stoll-Frattin line:
I thought they played in our own zone way too much. Very simple.
On fatigue, and whether he’ll give the team a day off:
No. Part of it is travel and days off, not practicing, quite honest. I mean, we’ve had four in the last 10 days, but I think it caught up with us a little bit, and we only play one in five, so tomorrow’s not a day off. Based on…how it works, it’s based on what you have to do next. Two days between games.
On the Phoenix Coyotes visiting on Thursday:
It’s a division game, just like tonight. Tonight was a big division game for us. So it’s the same thing going into the next one. This was our first division game.
On the team’s intensity at home:
I expect to win every night, and that’s how we have to prepare for that. You’re not going to win every night, but I’m not going to look too deep into that.
On Sean Monahan:
He’s a really good player. He’s the sixth overall player in the world as a 19-year-old. He reminds me a lot of my brother Brent at that age. [Reporter: May he turn out to be like that, right?] He will.