Bow down to Jeff Carter, or so says Justin Williams

Williams Kings v Flames MayorsManor
Kings coach Darryl Sutter is an old school kind of guy. He’s a throw back to when hard work was all you needed to be successful in life. The Alberta rancher doesn’t have an iphone, he’s never been on twitter and even though his hockey knowledge runs deep – both as a player and coach – he likely doesn’t know anything about modern hockey terms, like bardown or sauce.

Yet he was hip enough earlier this week to say Jeff Carter is ‘money.’

The big right wing has 11 goals in his last 10 games, which is pretty ridiculous.

Heck, Sutter is probably expecting him to score every night now.

“Of course,” said the coach, following Saturday night’s 6-2 win. “Why not?”

Indeed. The numbers are staggering. So, yes, why not?

“Carter scores every game,” Justin Williams said. “So, I think it’s opening everything up for the rest of us.”

A quick look at the stats shows that Williams has nine points of his own over the last eight games, including a goal and two assists vs. Calgary – his most productive night of the season thus far.

“We kind of got into a track meet in the third period. And that’s certainly not what the Kings are about. The Kings are about a sound offensive team, and I thought the first period that we were way too loose – let them get a goal late. But we found a way to right the ship and had a big second period.”

During that middle stanza Williams tipped in a pass from Slava Voynov and Anze Kopitar to record his third goal this year and put the Kings up 4-2.

“Slava’s been playing some great hockey. Not only offensively, but in the defensive zone as well. He’s been hard, and he’s having fun out there. And that’s really good to see, because he’s vital to our success…I’m just trying to make myself available. He’s the guy that’s got to make that play. In this day in age of hockey, with so many shot blockers, you have to look for sticks in front of the net. Our defensemen have been doing a great job of finding us.”

Williams also laughed when a reporter asked him about the team’s former goaltender that was honored in a pre-game ceremony.

“Jeez, I’m 31 years old. I know all about Kelly Hrudey,” he remarked. “I don’t need a history lesson on how good of a goalie he was, and how important he was to this franchise. I’m always happy to get a win in those throwback jerseys, they’re nice…(But), We have another game against the same team on Monday. So we put these two (points) in the bank, and we’re going to look for a much harder, and obviously well rested Calgary team.”

In what many players have referred to as being like a ‘mini-playoff series,’ the Kings will turn the extremely rare trick of hosting the same team two games in a row. And based on the play in the third period Saturday night, LA should expect a chippy start to Game 2.

“Well, we want to stay away from that,” Williams said. “That’s not totally our game. It was great of Clifford to step up and have a big fight for us and respond. But we want to play on the ice and stay on top of it that way…We’re a big, strong team. That’s our identity. We’re a heckuva’ forecheck team when we put our minds to it.”

One thing they don’t have to worry much about right now is Carter. The guy just seems to score at will.

“It’s another day,” Williams said, when asked for his first thought after seeing Carter score on Saturday.

“He’s not getting chirped about it (in the locker room), he’s getting bowed down to,” Williams said with a little laugh.  “He’s scoring big goals for us  and I hope it continues.”

Even if it does, don’t expect Williams to give him a new nickname anytime soon.

“I think he just likes ‘Carts.'”

Call him whatever you want. All he does is score.

RELATED CONTENT:   Carter on Doughty, Lewis and In-N-Our

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news or interviews from this site please include a link to www.MayorsManor.com

Recent Articles

NHL RADIO REPLAY: Mayor’s Minutes on Petersen, Trades, Sturm and the LA Kings

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of this week’s Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Network Radio, where John Hoven joined host Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon to discuss a myriad of topics, including – the call up of Cal Petersen, Jack Campbell’s injury, Jonathan Quick’s return, coach Willie Desjardins, the arrival of Marco Sturm, trade speculation regarding four players… […]

Kings-Flames Preview: Exploring Quick Injury, Kovalchuk Fitting In, and Adam Oates

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on Sportsnet Radio, where he joined host Will Nault to tee up the Kings-Flames game, as well as discuss the latest updates on Jonathan Quick’s injury, Willie Desjardins as coach, Ilya Kovalchuk fitting in with the LA Kings, and Adam Oates joining the organization as a consultant. […]

TSN RADIO REPLAY: Hoven on Stevens, Desjardins, Quenneville, and Putting it All Together

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on TSN Radio, where he joined host Kevin Olszewski to do a deep dive on the LA Kings coaching situation. Was the timing of John Stevens termination a surprise? How did Willie Desjardins get the interim gig? Is Joel Quenneville a possible fit for LA? Did Ilya […]

Major News Items

LA Kings 2018 Mid-Season Top 10 Prospect Rankings: The Top Two

It all comes down to this. After an extensive journey through the LA Kings current prospect pool, we've finally arrived at the top two players in the rankings - including this year's highly coveted No. 1 spot. … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

Comments

  1. KingsFan on EastCoastTime says:

    I love the fact that Williams was insulted that someone implied he didn’t know about Kelly Hrudey! I’m older than I care to admit, and I appreciate that he knows some highlights from Kings history.

    Respect!

  2. mikefromearth says:

    Haha!

    “All he does is score.”

    Oh and how we love it!

    3-way tie for 2nd in the league with 17 goals, on track to score 60.60 goals in a regular 82-game season. 1st in the league in game winning goals, at 6.

Trackbacks

  1. […] defeated the Flames 6-2…and yes, Jeff Carter scored another goal.  Which is probably why Justin Williams thinks you should bow down to the guy wearing […]