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Can Jeff Carter be the game-breaker the Kings need?

May 11, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

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It seemed like the Los Angeles Kings started turning their season around when both Darryl Sutter and Jeff Carter arrived in town. Sutter provided them the coach they needed while Carter helped balance their offense.

In the postseason, Carter has just a goal and three assists but his potential for scoring in bunches makes some wonder if he’s the not-so secret weapon the Kings need to beat the Coyotes. Curtis Zupke of NHL.com hears it from teammate Jarrett Stoll about what Carter is capable of doing.

“A guy with that skill level and a guy that can shoot the puck like he does and score goals at every level like he has — those are game-breakers, series-breakers and guys you want on your team,” Stoll said. “We’re definitely lucky to have him. He’s a big part of our team. He pots a couple of goals, it’s going to be huge for us.”

We’ve seen Dustin Brown play huge all playoffs long for the Kings and Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar have helped be a part of the action too. If Carter joins that party and shows the skills that helped him be a 30-40 goal scorer in the past, the Kings could be headed to their first Stanley Cup finals since 1993. Mike Smith will have a lot to say about that.

  1. oside760 - May 11, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    i sure as hell hope so

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 12, 2012 at 12:43 AM

      No!

  2. blomfeld - May 11, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    We hope so too !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) Blomfeld & friends

  3. grandpoopah - May 11, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Carter has 25 points in 56 career playoff games. He’s a real game-breaker, alright.

  4. sjsharksfan11 - May 11, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    No

    • blomfeld - May 11, 2012 at 11:11 PM

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  5. skavenbrew - May 11, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Sour grapes from the Sharks fan? :)

    • joelwrobinson - May 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      The Sharks have been to TWO conference finals in the past THREE years. This is your second IN YOUR ENTIRE EXISTENCE. Sour grapes? Hardly.

  6. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 11, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    His offense and his shot are synonymous.

  7. dsd3 - May 11, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Jeff Carter, aka “High and Wide.” Good luck with that, LA.

    Although I still think LA will beat Phoenix.

  8. dannythebisforbeast - May 12, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    11 goals in like 56 playoff games. So…if like 1 goal in this series can make a difference then yes. If that’s not enough. Then Heeelll No! Also the one goal he scored after he flubbed in the air and somehow I bounced off a defenseman and landed right back on his stick was awesome and also if I remember in a blowout. Which is when he usually scores.
    Always wanted carter to be great simply does not have the playoff mentality that’s why his scoring goes down because his intensity never goes up when everyones around him does. Best describes him: He floats Around on the ice like a balloon.

  9. dannythebisforbeast - May 12, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Key words: If, potential,capable. Story of his career.

  10. sheckyrimshot - May 12, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    carts will go through the first two games in phoenix with 0 goals and 47 shots. getting back to LA looking for inspiration he’ll look into the crowd kenny powers style, but instead of stevie janowski holding up a baby it will be some 19 year old tart with a huge rack holding up a kilo of coke. carter will go on to win the conn smythe trophy.

  11. highlander24 - May 12, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    GO JEFF CARTER!!!!!!!! GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!

    • blomfeld - May 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      YES ! … GO CARTER ! … GO RICHARDS ! … GO KOPITAR ! … GO BROWN ! … GO EVERYONE ! … GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

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