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Stars-Golden Knights Postgame Quotes

Here are postgame quotes following Friday’s Dallas Stars-Vegas Golden Knights game which Vegas won 2-1. These quotes are provided by Dallas Stars PR.

On the status of Ben Bishop:

“He’s fine and we were directed to keep him out.  He’ll be fine tomorrow.”

On the play of Kari Lehtonen:

“I don’t think it’s on the goaltending.  I think we made two big errors and both ended up in our net.  We did a lot of good things tonight and we did a lot of things we’ve got to get better at.  We’ve got people that we’ve got to get better.  We did a lot of really good things.  We didn’t extend the lead after the second period with all the scoring chances so we left the game out there.  Even ten minutes gone in the third period when we had the one goal lead and were controlling it but then we made a couple of mistakes.”

On the team not believing it’s a repeat of last year:

“I think it’s the process.  We have to find a way to not be distracted.  That’s the biggest challenge.  We have to keep our foot on the pedal and keep our focus razor sharp for 60 minutes.  That’s a learned skill that we have to collectively participate in.  That’s the number one thing that, if we expect a different result, has to change here.”

On the cause of the team’s distraction:

“I think it’s a lot of things.  I think it’s a combination, it’s not just how good the goalie was or frustration by not scoring.  That’s the big challenge facing us, we can’t be distracted.  Distracted by taking penalties 200 feet from our net.  Distracted on retaliation.  Frustrated because you missed a scoring chance or something didn’t happen.  We played hard and played awfully well for an extended period of time but we got distracted.  When you get distracted you throw the game up in the air.”

On what he’d like to see tomorrow night in St. Louis:

“We’ve got to find a way to grow our game.  We’ve got to get more players, playing better.  If we can do that, we’ll be in good shape.  We had some players that really played well but we need more players to play better and that’s an important challenge for us.”

On the Radulov-Seguin-Benn line tonight:

“I look at the distracted part.  I don’t look at it from scoring chances or missed opportunities, I look at it from who’s setting the tone.  What is the competitive tone we’re looking at and we’ve got work to do there.”

On the Stars in the second period:

“We were in control and playing well.  I thought maybe we backed off a little but we were in good control.  But, when you’re up 1-0 and leave the game out there like we did, something can happen and tonight something happened.”

On being back behind the Stars’ bench:

“It’s comfortable for me.  This is the teaching environment that I love and I love doing it here.  It’s great.” 

Stars Goaltender Kari Lehtonen

On coming in late:

“Tried to warm up a little bit, and then get things going. They got a couple of shots there, and kind of got going so that was no issue. It usually takes a couple of shots to get into it and I was there”. 

On possibility of Ben coming back in:

“Just ask if he is okay, if the coach would say something, we would switch, but we kept going, he wished me luck and that was it.

On disappointment after playing so well:

“Well It’s big, when you have a chance to put a team away, you would like to do that and definitely we created some great stuff. It’s just not going in like it normally is, that was tough for us, but you have to keep going, just fell short at the end.

Stars Forward Alexander Radulov

On missed chances:

“The chances have got to go in if we’re going to win the games. We’ve got to work harder. It was a tough loss, especially in our rink. We had chances to play north and south and they kept themselves in the game. It was not a good game and we’ve got to improve. Get more goals, and we’ve got to get better defensively.”

On frustration of not finishing on chances:

“It is what is. It’s happened and you cannot take time back so we’re going to play another one, try to earn those chances again and try to be better in the next one.”

Stars Forward Tyler Seguin

On a night coming away with no points:

“Lots of chances, I think the key thing to take away from tonight’s game, it’s not the chances, but it’s the times we make a couple of mistakes in the critical point in the game. I think we have all sat here enough times, last year not trying to bring up the past, but we had a lot of chances in a game, its obviously game one, we need to find ways to play in those key moments and not be the first team to make a mistake.”

On your line tonight:

“I think we kept saying, lets get better every shift. First period we were okay, second period we got better and third period we got a couple more chances. You only get so much out practice. You have the skill of Jamie, and the work horse of Radulov, we are going to keep getting better, my linemates are very competitive and we love the game, Radulov does not stop talking win or lose”.

Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant

On what went into this night and what sparked the third period comeback:

“Well, we worked hard all game. It was a 2-1 hockey game, but it was really a 5-4 hockey game. The goaltenders had action on both ends. I think we hit a couple of crossbars, but the guys worked hard and competed hard and we stuck around and we got a couple of good opportunities and capitalized.”

On Marc-Andre Fleury’s play tonight:

“He was outstanding. He was obviously the first star of the game and made some great saves for us in the hockey game and he kept us in it. Like I said, we had a couple of great opportunities and hit some crossbars, so it was a good game and we were in the game all night.”

On playing James Neal as much as possible after he scored the first goal:

“He is a goal scorer and he played a really good game. It was his first game of the year and he is probably going to be pretty tired tomorrow morning. He played well and he capitalized on those chances. That’s what a goal scorer does.”

On the taxing effort tonight and playing again tomorrow:

“Not worried about that at all. We’ll enjoy this and then tomorrow afternoon we’ll do our pre-scout and get ready for the Coyotes. This is a great win for our franchise tonight and we are pretty excited.”

On the third period looking like their best period tonight and what that means for his team:

“We battled back. The score was 1-0 and we were right there banging on the door and then [James] Neal tied it up and our guys felt real good on the bench and fortunately we got a two-on-one and he banged in another one. So, it was a good effort by our team and obviously our goaltender was outstanding.”

 

On if he thinks this game was able to provide a distraction to Las Vegas in a positive way:

“Definitely a happy story tonight. We wanted to come out, and like I said, it’s great for our franchise to win the first game and for the sad thing that happened in Vegas this weekend I think it helped the healing a little bit.”

Golden Knights Forward James Neal

On tonight’s game:

“We had to come together as a team really quick. We come out starting against a tough team and everything that has happened in Vegas it is just going to be a point we can rally behind the city and shed some light on a very terrible situation. To win the first game was awesome. The guys played hard and we did everything we could to win the game and we did. It was awesome.”

On being a part of the team’s history:

“Ever since I was picked in the expansion draft, it is pretty crazy how everything has worked out. I started my career in Dallas, so it was funny to come back here for my first game with a new team and it was great. I was excited and I didn’t want to miss them.”

On where the goals he scored tonight ranks in his career:

“Those rank up there with the best of them. I know it’s just the first game of the year, just to see how happy the guys were and how excited everyone was to start the season with a new team, a fresh start to do something special. It was a great feeling.”