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January 18, 2014 7:56 pm

January 18 postgame quotes: Mike Richards

On if he saw the puck hit the netting before Detroit’s second goal:
Yes. [Reporter: Were you surprised that the officials didn’t?] Yeah, surprised a little bit – I don’t know. There’s a lot going on out there for them to be looking at. I didn’t play a perfect game. They’re not going to. It’s impossible to have a perfect game. You’re going to make mistakes and unfortunately that was at the end of a game. Kind of tied it up, but it is what it is. It’s nothing you can do about it now and just move on.

On how disappointing the loss is:
I mean it’s disappointing. We had a back-and-forth game. We played pretty good, we played pretty good. Like I said, we made some mistakes. You’ve got to score in the shootout especially if you’re going to win a game in the shootout. So that’s disappointing too. We had some chances, especially at the end and in overtime and we didn’t bury either. We have to move on. We can’t dwell on something that happened or something that was out of our control.

On if the puck bounced off of him before Jeff Carter’s goal:
Oh yeah. [Reporter: Where’d it get you?] Right in the kneecap.

On the ‘park-and-ride’ mentality:
Like I said, it is what it is. You can’t do anything about it now and even after it happened I thought we bounced back pretty good and a pretty good overtime I guess. We had some chances and they had some chances and like I said, we have to score a goal in the shootout if we’re going to win.

On his confrontation with Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard:
I just didn’t like how he was using his blocker there in front. I just said something. I didn’t even really go after him and he came at me. It’s hockey. [Reporter: What did you think of Jonathan Quick backing you guys up?] Quickie’s got our backs all the time.

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