RALEIGH, N.C.--Los Angeles 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, to give 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 decisive goal in back-to-back games. He won it for the Kings in overtime on Wednesday against Ottawa.
Just don't ask him about his thought process heading into the shootout. The secret to his success apparently will remain his secret.
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.
It was an unusual game, to say the least. There was no scoring until the third period, when Kings forward Dwight King took advantage of a Justin Faulk miscue and scored, shorthanded on a breakaway, with 6:34 remaining.
Just like that, Carolina responded 40 seconds later with Jeff Skinner's rebound goal on a power play to tie the score, 1-1. The Kings had a four-on-three advantage in overtime but could not get a single shot on goal on 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. They chatted after the game in the hallway but Darryl wasn't getting overly sentimental about the occasion.
"I just told him, I never looked at him at all except on faceoffs," Sutter said.
Sutter was more expansive about his conversation with Quick, who faced 28 shots, in a decent goaltending duel with Ward.
"He got sharper as it went along," Sutter said. "He told me coming onto the ice that he felt good, that's important because it's something, trying to learn as a team.
"It's hard to travel like that (on Thursday) and not skate. You could see we kind of had to build it as we went. We just didn't quite have the legs."
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