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by Paul on 12/22/08 at 05:57 PM ET
Jeff Carter of the Philadelphia Flyers took part in an NHL tele-conference today.
Q. Have you always shot the puck as much as you’re doing this year? And at this time of the season, did you think you would have more goals than Ovechkin?
JEFF CARTER: Yeah, I mean, when I grew up, my dad always taught me you can’t score if you don’t shoot. So I try to put it in the net every chance I get. The second part about Ovechkin, I don’t know how long I can hold him off for. He seems to be scoring well these days. He’s a great player. We’ll see.
Q. The number of fights this year is up. Have you noticed the play being more chippy this year, a little bit more closer quarters than they have been?
JEFF CARTER: I don’t really see a difference at all. I think it’s just the way the game is. I think it’s intense, tight games this year. I think a lot of teams are real close to each other in the standings and stuff like that. They mean a lot more, and guys are just battling.
Q. Can you talk a little bit about the chemistry on your line with Joffrey and Scott and why it has clicked so well this year.
JEFF CARTER: Yeah, it’s going great. I think, you know, we complement each other real well. Lup’s is a real finesse guy; he has a lot of speed, which helps my game out, too. Hartsy just crashes and bangs, gets to the net, creates a lot of space for myself and Lups. So it’s going well.
Q. Talk about the team’s success shorthanded. Has the success even surprised you?
JEFF CARTER: Yes, it definitely has. I think chief (Coach Berube) has us playing a real pressure style. Whenever we get a chance, we have the free rein to take off and see what happens. It’s been going well. We’ve been preparing for our chances, and hopefully we’ll keep it going.
Q. Is there a lot of risk involved in that type of style?
JEFF CARTER: I think you have to be cautious when to go, when to to stick back. You need to know who’s on the ice, too. We can’t be really taking off when you got guys like Crosby, Malkin, and Ovechkin out there. You’ve got to be aware of what’s going on. I mean, if you play the right way, I don’t think there’s too much risk, no.
Q. Have you given any thought to playing in the All-Star game coming up soon?
JEFF CARTER: It would be great. I haven’t really thought too much about it. I mean, it would definitely be a big thrill for myself. You know, there’s a lot of great players in the league. To be chosen, if I do, it would be great.
Q. About your goal scoring, could you imagine you were ready for a breakout year like this? Did you feel you had that type of scoring potential and you were looking to find it?
JEFF CARTER: Yeah, I always knew that I could score. I think this year I just started to play with a lot of confidence right off the bat, which has kind of helped me. I’ve been getting some good breaks, some good linemates, and things have been going well.
Q. Was it strictly results that gave you that confidence or was there something else that factored into it?
JEFF CARTER: I think it was just the way things went at the start of the year. You know, I’ve never really been a big starter at the season. I got off to a quick start; just kind of kept going. I think that’s probably it: just a confidence issue.
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