Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/12/13
Kings forward Jeff Carter didn't miss a beat using his best deadpan delivery. "I can't tell you all my secrets" he said. Carter had scored the only shootout goal going forehand to backhand giving the Kings a 2-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night at PNC Arena. He is becoming the very definition of a closer with the decider in back-to-back games as he won it for the Kings in overtime on Wednesday against Ottawa. Just don't ask him about his thought process heading into his shootout approach. The secret to his success will remain his secret apparently. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick stopped Jeff Skinner Alexander Semin and Nathan Gerbe in the shootout and Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward denied Anze Kopitar before Carter scored. Players have a love-hate thing going with the shootout. Carter was ambivalent about whether he likes the shootout. "Yeah I do. I don't sometimes" Carter said. "It depends if I score or not." It was an unusual game to say the least. There was no scoring until the third period with just 4 minutes 34 seconds remaining when Kings forward Dwight King took advantage of a miscue by Justin Faulk who overskated the puck coming off the boards. King pounced and scored short-handed on a breakaway to make it 1-0. "I really had no other option besides going to the backhand" said King who scored his first goal of the season. "The only thing I did was probably fake high." But just like that Carolina responded 40 seconds later with Skinner's rebound on the power play at 14:06. The Kings had a four-on-three advantage in overtime but could not get a single shot on goal during the power play. "We got to overtime and get a four-on-three and that should be two points" Carter said. "That needs a little work. That was ugly." Kings Coach Darryl Sutter coached against his son Brett a center for the Hurricanes for the first time in the NHL. He did coach his son briefly when Brett was a child in Alberta. But it's a long long way from the novice division to the NHL. Father and son chatted after the game in the hallway but Darryl wasn't about to indulge in sentimentality about the occasion. "I just told him [afterward] I never looked at him at all except on faceoffs" Sutter said. Brett's ice time was just under nine minutes and he won three faceoffs and lost five. There have been so many Sutter versus Sutter games — coaching and playing. And in fact Brett is the eighth Sutter to play in the NHL.
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