January 11 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter

On a good effort, generating chances, possessing the puck and losing 3-1:
We had a good effort, chances, and lost 3-1. It wasn’t really a question.

On the team having said multiple times that it isn’t “bearing down” on opportunities:
Well, bear down on your opportunities. If you get one, then bear down on it. I think at the startof the second period we had several opportunities where we didn’t shoot the puck. Those are really one-one games, so if you’re just leaving it until the third, there’s a chance you’re not going to get rewarded for a great effort. We had several opportunities to, as you call it, bear down, but we didn’t get a shot. We had lots of opportunities. Missed the net, or [didn’t] put the puck at the net.

On Richards’ goalless drought extending to 21 games:
He played a good game tonight. It was probably the game with the most opportunities he’s had in 21 games. [Reporter: But he needs to score for you guys to win.] He’s not the only guy. I mean, if you want to condemn Mike Richards, you do it. Last game you guys were asking questions because somebody had scored two in three games. There’s expectations on the group of offensive players to score, not just one.

On what stood out about Mike Richards game:
He’s skating better, handling the puck better in their zone, going to the net better, better off the wall.

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