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Stars-Hurricanes Postgame Quotes

Here are some quotes following Saturday’s Dallas Stars-Carolina Hurricanes game which the Stars won, 4-3. These quotes are provided by Dallas Stars PR.

Stars Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

On Carolina getting back into the game tonight:

“They cracked. We had them dead to rights. The first goal gave them a little bit of life and the life they got from the second goal; that’s all on us. First goal it was batted down and those things happen. We were playing unbelievable. We played for two periods, except for the last nine seconds, exactly how you have to play to beat them. We deserved everything we got. That’s the best we played at home all year, and then we went on another run in the third period until the second goal. The second goal gave them the life they needed. Now they were within an arm’s length and now it was coming. Now were starting to defend backing up and you can’t play in the league like that. You can’t defend skating backwards and try to counter-attack. So, we got ourselves on our heels after the second goal. I was more than comfortable when it was 4-1. The way we started the third period; I was really happy with what we were doing and we were really protecting and had some great shifts.”

On the lesson to learn from tonight’s game:

“The only lesson from me right now, to be honest with you, is that we are winning games and we don’t have everybody going. We are going to need more participants. We’ve got significant people going, but we don’t have enough people going. If we expect to win on the road we are going to need way more participants in our game. We are going to be able to chat with those guys in the next 48 hours and hopefully get more participants in the way we need to play.”

On the players he thought looked good tonight:

“[Radek] Faksa’s line was the best line of any line on the ice for either team. Their line was outstanding. They controlled the hockey game and they did everything we needed them to do. They were outstanding on the forecheck and to have a third line score two goals in a game like this is just outstanding. They’re playing right at the top of their game right now. It’s really good to see. They have three guys working together and three guys pushing each other. Three guys that the coaching staff really relies on and depends on, and has a lot of confidence in them. It’s a good sign.”

On why Roussel and Faksa’s play together:

“I think it’s their relentless competitiveness. They just play right through people. You know what the best part is? You don’t have to tell them the right way to play; they play the right way. It’s really good to see. It’s good to see people that are that cooperative for the things that you need. It’s really good to see.”

On the Carolina goal with nine seconds left in the second period:

“Well we won the draw and made a play on the wall, and then somebody flagged it down. He picked it out of the air. Could we have made a harder pass? Probably. That’s where we probably could have done it. We were in complete control of everything, and then they walk in and you have two different moods in the locker room. But even the way we played after that we were really good. But that second goal, we gave it away in the offensive zone when we were really controlling it down there. So we had five shifts in a row where we were really doing well, and then we took it down there and just heaved it away.”

On if it’s easier to challenge for goaltender interference over offside:

“Well, I am relying on a number of people because I am looking at it at my feet and it looks like his stick is pulling on the glove. So then you are relying on the upstairs video room and they said you have to challenge the call and I still think it was goalie interference.”

On if there are things about Ben Bishop that surprise him:

“I think he’s really demanding of himself and demanding of his team, and that’s a really good thing for us. That’s one thing we need more of. He is really demanding of himself and he is very professional and articulate in his approach. Boy, is he demanding that we do things the right way and he will not be a happy guy today.”

On how important it was that he stayed focused after the goaltender interference challenge:

“That’s what you have to do to win. Nothing is safe right now in the league. Nothing is safe when you back up. You can’t defend backing up. We got backing up and we started to do some things with the puck where we probably had way more time than we thought. It just seemed like every mistake ended up getting us buried in our zone. Like I said, you can’t be backing up in our league, so there’s a good lesson for us.” 

Stars Defenseman Dan Hamhuis

On how Carolina scored to make it close in the third:

“I think that’s the League. The last probably four or five years now, I think it’s been like that where no lead is ever safe. It was great that we were able to hang onto that. I think there’s probably a lot of lessons we can learn from that, but it’s nice to learn lessons on the fly and while you’re winning.”

On Ben Bishop’s play:

“He’s been outstanding for us this year. He gives the team a lot of confidence in how he plays. He’s a real competitor. The thing that people probably don’t know is just how much he talks. He talks a ton out there, helping the defensemen. He’s another set of eyes and a mouth that’s letting us know what to do. And of course his ability to play the puck, it’s like having really like a sixth player out there at times. He’s been huge for us, he’s held us in there when we’ve needed it and gave us a win.”

On how this year is different from last year:

“We’re building our belief as a team. We’re building our belief in winning. I think we’ve all bought into the system. Our system’s one that’s going to allow us to win and give us a good chance when we’re executing properly. On tonight, it’s great to get the win and I think a lot of great things got us there. But at the same time, there’s certainly a lot of corrections I think we’ll see, especially in the third period.” 

Stars Forward Tyler Pitlick

On his line’s production:

“We don’t do a whole lot special. We just play the game hard, we get the puck in deep, and we’re physical and just grind it out down low. We’re starting to make more plays and we’re starting to get rewarded for our hard work.”

On if they were nervous after Carolina closed the gap in the third:

“It’s always tough when that happens, you’d rather not have it happen. But I think we dug deep there at the end and we got pucks out. Obviously Bish [Ben Bishop] bailed us out a few times, but I think we’re coming along and as we go on we’re going to keep getting better.”

On his first goal:

“It was a good play overall by everybody, Rous let that puck go between his legs to [Dan] Hamhuis. He got the far pad shot, Faks [Radek Faksa] tipped it and then I was there to put it in. It was a whole line play.”

On his second goal:

“Second goal, Rous [Antoine Roussel] made a heck of a play getting in on the forecheck. Got the puck, put it right on my tape, and I just shot it, shot it hard.” 

Hurricanes Head Coach Bill Peters

On takeaways from the third period:

I think we’ve got to learn the lesson that you can’t dig that big of a hole. You’ve got to be ready to start and you’ve got to be ready to start at the first drop of the puck.”

On gaining momentum:

“The late goal in the second gave us a little bit of life and a little bit of belief.”

On Jeff Skinner’s recent play:

“He’s been dangerous for a long time now. He’s a dangerous guy, he gets the puck in good spots and works hard in the offensive zone, so he’s getting rewarded for that now.”

On takeaways from the four-game road trip:

“There’s going to be different things from each game and we’ve got to realize how we have to play on a consistent basis. We’re not going to be able to give up the types of opportunities we’ve given up. There’s still too many freebies; too many goals against and we’ve got to get that figured out.”

On reasoning behind the slow start:

“I didn’t think there was an emotional engagement to the game.” 

Hurricanes Forward Jordan Staal

Thoughts on the first period:

“There’s a few things, obviously our legs we were losing pretty much every single race to a puck. The execution was not there. We could have done a better job of getting in our own end and playing a little heavier in their end. There is a lot of other things we could have improved on and had a better start if we were going to want to win that one.”

Thoughts on the resilience of the team:

“We are not a team that is going to quit. We talked about going into the third and building off of something. I think we did do some good things. They stepped back a little bit more in the third and so we were able to have the puck and create plays which helped build a little momentum. We are going to continue to work hard, and even if we start like that and continue to work hard throughout the game and not quit.”

Hurricanes Forward Jeff Skinner

On early season momentum:

I think from the preseason and on, we saw our goal-scoring get better every day and keep progressing. I think tonight, we started with a little bit of a step back, but I think we did a good job of responding to that and coming out hard in the third and trying to tie it up. Special teams is coming together well, but it’s early still. We’re trying to correct some of the little things that we’re making mistakes on and build off of those two wins earlier.”

On the four-game road trip:

“I think there’s some good, and some things we want to work on. I think it’s the same with any early season road trip. Obviously tonight, the start was not good enough and we gave ourselves too tough of a hill to climb. I think it was sort of like the game we played in Calgary, and I think how we finished the game in the third here, there are some good things we can build off. It’s unfortunate we didn’t have that from the start, but there’s definitely some positives we can build off of.”