Coach Speak: Sutter and DeBoer on Devils OT win vs Kings

The Kings outshot the visiting Devils 35-15, they rallied late to tie it, but still came up short in overtime when Jaromir Jagr scored to secure the 2-1 win for New Jersey.

Here’s what the coaches had to say after the final buzzer…

– Kings coach Darryl Sutter on his team’s scoring chances: “We got a lot. We have to finish the deal. It was tough to score. They have the best goaltending in the league.”

– Sutter on 3-on-3 overtime: “I was hoping we would score. We had a lot of chances. During 3-on-3 I think your best players should be out there. It was better than a shootout.”

– Devils coach Peter DeBoer on Cory Schneider: “Yeah, I think it’s fair to call that one a goalie win. We will take it. We know we have two good goaltenders and you expect one of those every once in a while. I was glad for Schneids. He’s been waiting for a win. We didn’t give him a lot of support early. I thought as the game went on in the second we were a little bit better, and the third we got a little bit better again. He basically took that one on himself.”

– More from DeBoer: “You never saw frustration, you never saw any of that from him. I think the guys appreciate that because I think he recognizes the work ethic was there, it just wasn’t going. I think everyone is happy for him.”

– DeBoer on Jagr: “Even the poise on the winning goal. I don’t know too many other players that would have had the patience to hold it and hold it that extra second. You can’t teach that, that’s why he is a Hall Of Fame player. It’s amazing what he is doing at his age, the minutes we are loading him up with, the responsibilities we are asking of him. He played against Kopitar’s line all night, tonight. He’s been incredible.”

BONUS QUOTES…

– Devils goalie Cory Schneider on the overall game: “Get a big goal in the third, hoping to make it stand up the way I felt I thought it would be enough, but unfortunately we gave it right back about a minute later. We stuck with it, didn’t get down on ourselves and we didn’t give up and the first two periods weren’t the way we drew it up but, give the guys credit, they kept working and ultimately came away with another big win.”

– Kings forward Anze Kopitar on goal-scoring opportunities: “We definitely got lots of shots and lots of opportunities, we didn’t bear down on them. That was the key to their success.”

– Kopitar on what he takes away to prep for Saturday’s game: “Just try to take the positives out and build on stuff that can be improved and come back Saturday and have a strong game.”

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