Penalty killing and winning face-offs are two key ingredients a team needs to make a deep playoff run. When the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Brandon Sutter during the 2012 Draft, they knew exactly what they were getting. If the Penguins were to finish off the Rangers in Game 6, Sutter will play a critical role. TFR’s Scott Charles had a chance to talk with Brandon before tonight’s crucial game:
* WHAT DOES THE TEAM NEED TO DO DIFFERENTLY TONIGHT?
We definitely didn’t have the game we wanted to in Game 5. I think our fore-check was a big reason for that. I don’t think it was very good last game. We spent a lot of time in our own zone. We can do a better job of getting pucks to the net and spending more time in the offensive zone. We need to play a little hungrier, not wait around; we have to go after it. The fourth win is always the toughest one to get.
* ON THE PENALTY KILL:
The penalty kill has been pretty good throughout the post season. I thought we were still pretty good on it. Look at the goals they got, the rebound and big shot by McDonagh. I thought we were fine. We have to keep doing the same things and get back to killing them off.
* YOU’VE BEEN BETTER ON THE ROAD IN THESE PLAYOFFS, IS THERE A REASON FOR THAT?
I don’t know. It is just the way it goes sometimes. A few of the matchups have been like that, just look at the series out west with the Ducks and Kings. We definitely played well in this building and want to bring our best tonight. Try to finish it now but to do that we have to play a lot better than we did in Game 5.
* HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO ADVERSITY TO MAKE SURE LOSING STREAKS DON’T HAPPEN?
We go through the game and talk about the things we like and don’t like. In this case we just forgot about Game 5 and have moved on. We did not spend much time talking about it because we know we can play better. We know what it felt like and we have to play better tonight.