There was a funny moment involving Jeff Carter on Wednesday night, soon after the Los Angeles Kings had registered that extraordinary 6-2 come-from-behind victory over the Chicago Blackhawks to even their best-of-seven playoff series at a game apiece.
Carter was responsible for scoring three of the Kings’ five third-period goals, though the first (originally credited to Drew Doughty) caromed in off him and the last went into the empty net. In short, they were right-place, right-time goals, but nothing to inspire oohs and aaahs or gain play-of-the-day notoriety.
till, three goals is a deciding factor in any game and so Carter was presented at the podium alongside goaltender Jonathan Quick, which is where the difference makers in the playoffs go to explain their heroics.
On cue, someone asked Carter about scoring four points on seven shifts in 4:31 of playing time and if that was the best period of hockey he’d ever played.
Carter laughed at the absurdity of that and answered: “I d...