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Stars-Islanders Postgame Quotes

Here are some quotes following Friday’s Dallas Stars-New York Islanders game which the Stars won 5-0. These quotes are provided by Dallas Stars PR.

Stars Head Coach Ken Hitchcock 

On changing the team’s lines tonight:

“I think what happens is when you have one line that is doing everything, you tend to let it do everything. That’s the feeling I had that was happening on our hockey club. We were just allowing that line to save the day and in the end, the two games against Winnipeg were a wake-up call for me. We did need way more participation if we’re going to beat good teams because they have two and, in Winnipeg’s case, three lines that score. We just needed more people involved and that’s when I made the decision to do what I did. The other thing for me is when (Jamie) Benn and (Tyler) Seguin, they’ve got to take on the responsibility of helping other people and they did that tonight.”

On the play of John Klingberg:

“I see a young guy maturing. He doesn’t have a lot of games in the league to be a go-to guy but I see his game maturing in that he’s really learning when to live to fight another day with the puck. I think that’s putting him in a good spot. He’s not trying to make the perfect play every time. When it’s time to release it into the neutral zone he’s doing that. I think he’s playing very calm and there aren’t a lot of pucks coming back at us when he’s on the ice. He’s got a calmness to the way he’s moving the puck that is helping, not only the team but his partner too.”

On the play of the Stars’ defense:

“I thought Ben (Bishop) was really good tonight.  I thought he was really competitive and he was battling like crazy in the net. He was very good. Every period it seems we gave them two qualities. I thought he was excellent.  We just tried to make it hard on them. Those two lines are so skilled and so good at protecting the puck that we kept them pretty much to the outside except for a couple of occasions which is a good sign. I thought the fourth goal was the big goal. There was a surge going on, they were on a power play and that fourth goal really took the wind out of them and the game. They were starting to build some momentum but I thought we took it back in a big way on that fourth goal.”

On the play of Jason Spezza:

“This is the perfect adage that before you have success you’ve got to start playing well. This is now three games in a row where he’s played well and now he’s starting to have success because of it. It started two games ago where his competitive level was increasing and he was stronger on the puck and now he’s having success because of it.”

Stars Defenseman John Klingberg

On becoming the current NHL’s leading scorer for defenseman:

“Part of my game for sure is points, but that’s nothing I am looking at too far ahead. I just feel that I am playing a good all-around game right now. Obviously, today was a great win and strong first period for us.”

On if this is the best he has played on both sides of the puck:

“Yeah, I think so. Today I felt that I was back in my first year of playing hockey so it felt very good. My confidence is really good now. I felt that I have a really good gap right now and playing well defensively. It feels good now.”

On Jason Spezza scoring his first goal this season:

“He is a real big part of our team and to see him score tonight was huge for us and probably even bigger for him. I am really happy for him. Finally, got the first one out of the way so he will probably score a couple now.”

Stars Forward Jason Spezza

On scoring his first goal of the season:

“It’s nice to score a goal and contribute offensively. Obviously it’s been a long time for me, hopefully it’s something I can build off of.”

On Hitch changing the lines up:

“Yeah, there was change, gave us some days to work on it with the practice days. Practice seems like it’s few and far between sometimes. I think it was a good time to have those days for us. Then to get from all four lines good contributions is definitely what makes a successful team. I’m sure he’s happy with the changes he made.”

On winning the game in the first period after losing last game in the first period:

“I think we had a little more poise with the puck. I think we just had some urgency and we just buried our chances. I think we get chances every night, it’s just a matter of putting them in. I thought we did a good job, they play a little more passive in the neutral zone and we got pucks behind them and they have some good D. We can’t let them skate and that was kind of the emphasis of our game, is trying to slow some of those guys back down the back end.”

Islanders Forward Josh Bailey

On being shutout:

We just did not really have it going, I think, give them credit I mean they played well. They were a desperate team and came out and played hard, we just were not good enough. We did not respond well enough, did not create enough, there was a lot of things we could have done better, so that’s probably the frustrating part.”

On the offense:

Yeah, you are right, it’s frustrating, I think it’s a long season we play 82 games obviously you are not going to have your “A” game every night and tonight certainly was one of those nights. But like I said, we will tuck this one away and try to get a win tomorrow.”