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Stars-Coyotes Postgame Quotes

Here are some quotes following Tuesday’s Dallas Stars-Arizona Coyotes game which the Stars won 3-1. These quotes are provided by Dallas Stars PR.

Stars Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

On the Coyotes keeping it close:

“I think they’re a good team. I think with experience they should have had three wins by now. In watching the three games we did, they gave up two games late when they had complete control so I think they’re a really good young team. They can skate, they’re competitive and played one poor game. The game they played against Boston wasn’t their best effort but they had a 4-1 lead in Anaheim.  They were completely dominating against Vegas. They lack experience but you’re only going to get that from playing. They put a lot of pressure on you just like Pittsburgh does.”

On the Stars’ performance:

“I’m not pleased with the way we played period. I don’t think we played very well. From a continuity standpoint this was our weakest performance. The players and the staff know we’ll have to be much better Thursday if we expect to collect two points. We weren’t impressed with our continuity, now was it them or was it us? That’s something we’ll be able to tell tomorrow morning when we look at the tape. They caused us a lot of problems where normally we haven’t had any. Their pressure and their ability to exit easily put a lot of pressure on us at times.”

On the play of Ben Bishop:

“I think he had calmness but more than that competitiveness. He competes like hell and fights for his space. He had to be sharp because there was abnormal coming back at him from turnovers high in the zone. I don’t think with the way we were with the puck in our own zone that he could be comfortable. I was really impressed with his competitiveness.”

On the play of Dan Hamhuis:

“Hammer was good. Dan’s starting to really engage now so that’s good for us.”

On he’s more patient with this team:

“Not after tonight. I don’t gauge it on wins and losses at all. I just gauge it on continuity and team play and we’ve got to be a lot better.”

On the Stars’ secondary scoring:

“(Radek) Faksa’s line was great. They were outstanding today especially from the red line in. They created a lot of scoring chances. I thought we got great efforts from guys like (Mattias) Janmark and (Devin) Shore. We had a lot of good performances today from guys that we needed it from today. We had a lot of lack of continuity but Faksa’s line was on the same page from start to finish. Other than that one shift there at the end where we couldn’t get it out, I thought they had a heck of a game”

On the Stars’ performance in the third period:

“I’m more concerned with continuity. I’m concerned with score, time, clock. There’s a time to play with risk and there’s a time to play territorial. We had six shifts at the end of the game that were outstanding. Then we decided that wasn’t enough and we wanted to stick-handle through the neutral zone. To me we’ve got to become more satisfied with the territorial part of the game when time and the score are in our favor. When we do that you’re going to see continuity come in.”

Stars Forward Radek Faksa

On importance of your line contributing:

“It’s our job to be strong some games. I feel like we had chances in the previous games, we just didn’t execute and tonight we scored two goals and it was important to get two points.”

On first goal of the season:

“We’ve had lots of chances but for sure it’s a relief when we score the first one and we got more confident and hopefully we’ll keep going.”

On Hamhuis’ goal:

“[Hitchcock] wants us to keep the puck, be strong with the puck, so we held the puck. We had a great battle and a great pass by [Pitlick] and an even better shot by [Hamhuis]. It was a nice goal and huge for us.” 

On adapting to Bishop’s ability to pass:

“It’s the first games still, we are six games in the season, we’re still under a new coach have a new set up and new guys. We’re just getting together and I feel like we’re coming together and it’s getting better and better.”

Stars Goaltender Ben Bishop

On tonight’s game and his role:

“I thought we did a good job dictating the play, especially in the beginning. And then we get the lead there, 2-0, and I thought we started to sit back there. We have to find a deeper way to extend these leads. We’ve done a good job putting ourselves in good positions with 2-0 leads and then we kind of sit back and let them come back in the game. The penalty kill was huge. Two big kills in the 3rd period. That’s what you need. You have to find different ways to win.”

On if he is feeling comfortable in this environment:

“It’s still the same game. The biggest thing is just learning guys’ names and the way they play. For the goalie, it’s the same game. You have to stop the puck. But definitely more comfortable now playing a few home games in a row. It’s nice to win at home in front of these fans and now we have to go on the road.”

On the key to tonight’s penalty kill:

“We did a good job staying at home. We didn’t give them much. We were pretty aggressive when we had the opportunity. I think they had one or two shots. We killed the 5-on-3 and then the 5-on-4 after that. It’s a big boost for our team and we did a good job there tonight.”

Stars Defenseman Dan Hamhuis

On getting the win:

“They challenged us for sure. They’ve got a lot of speed and skill on their team. If we make mistakes, they’re going to turn it the other way quickly, and I think we did not play our best game tonight. We were a little bit sloppy, could’ve made some better plays in some areas, which gave them a little bit of life. But, I think it was a great sign for our team. We found a way to win and I think that’s the sign of a good team.”

On his goal tonight:

“Well I saw [Pitlick] coming out of that corner and our forwards did a good job of grinding down there for a little bit, which kind of diverted some of their attention from me and I was able to slide down the back door and he made a nice pass to get it over there.”

Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet

On momentum early in the third period:

“We were still in the game, it was 2-1 and we were just looking for someone to make a play and score a goal. The guys worked hard, but we just couldn’t score.”

On the play of goaltender Adin Hill:

“He just looked big, he moved very well side to side. The game was never too good for him, I thought he was very calm and that’s nice to see for his first start in the NHL.”

On generating chances:

“We had a couple chances, and a few more with the empty net to tie it up. We’ve just got to keep punching away; we still made some plays and got some chances tonight. That’s a good hockey club over there, and we were close, but just not good enough.”

On beating the Stars neutral zone play:

“We’ve just got to skate and chip pucks behind them. We started to do that and it works, but you’ve got to skate. I thought our team effort was good, but it’s always just three or four guys having a good game that night or a different four every night. We’ve got to collectively get everyone to play a good game, then the results will start to come.”

Coyotes Goaltender Adin Hill
On the game as a whole:
“I felt comfortable out there. Thought everyone had a good game we just came out a little short in the end. We just have to keep battling and fighting for that first win. Hopefully we can do it on Thursday.”

On giving up goals early and how he handled it:
“It’s a goal in the NHL right. There are goals nearly every game so—usually every game. But, just have to focus on the next shot, that’s all it is. Wipe it from your memory, focus on the next shot and stay steady.”

On his presence in the goal:

“I always try and be the same way, calm and confident. Any guy can help your team get a little bit of a lift there. But then again, at the end of the day, it’s about the win and we didn’t get that.”