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Stars-Golden Knights Postgame Quotes

Here are some postgame quotes following Saturday’s Dallas Stars-Vegas Golden Knights game which Vegas won 5-3. These quotes are provided by Dallas Stars PR.


Stars Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

On the Stars’ performance tonight:

“This is a really disappointing game. This is fight back, give it away, fight back, give it away.  When you’re as poor as we were early in our own end it really puts you in a tough spot. To work hard, come back and then give it away on the next shift is really disappointing. I would say we overworked in the offensive zone and underworked in the zone that really counted and we paid dearly for it. It’s an extremely disappointing loss.”

On the reason for the Stars’ play:

“I don’t know what it is right now but we’re giving up too many chances where we’ve got people in the right spot and we’re just standing around. We were out-muscled on pucks for three of the goals right in the slot.”

On the Stars upcoming road trip:

“Just regroup tomorrow and get ready for the road trip. There’ll be a little bit of a look in the mirror in the next 24 hours. We don’t have much time to rest we’ve just got to get going. We need to process this one and move forward.”

On the Stars’ offensive and defensive play:

“I think it’s just that teams that win this time of year are committed to 200 feet. When you play slow with the puck, or you relax slow without it bad things happen. In our own zone that’s what we’re guilty of.  Slow with the puck and slow reacting without it. That’s not a good sign.”

Stars Captain Jamie Benn

On disappointment of missing quality chances:

“It’s disappointing. I think there were other areas of the game where they were better. It starts with myself and it’s just not good enough.”

On areas of his game he wants to improve:

“You’ve got to lead the way if you’re going to be the captain. I’m not doing it right now and I don’t know who the team is supposed to follow if I’m not doing it.”

On regrouping on the four-game road trip:

“It will be nice to get on the road with the guys and stick together, we’re in this together. We’ve got to find a way to win on the road now.”

Stars Forward Jason Spezza

On losing despite so many scoring chances:

“Obviously it’s a game we’ve got to win. It’s a home game after losing two in a row. It’s a game that had lots of plays out there to be made and we just didn’t make them. That’s how we lose the game.”

On the team’s struggles converting the scoring chances:

“There’s a sense of urgency through the team when you lose a couple of games. You have to stop your losing streak as quick as you can in this league. We’re not unaware of that, so that’s why we had some urgency in our game tonight, but not enough finish and didn’t keep enough out. We can’t give them enough chances to get four goals either. So, there’s things we have to work on to be a better team heading out on a tough road trip.”

On going on the road after a week of losing three straight:

“Well, this league doesn’t forgive teams that aren’t playing well. So it just gets tougher and I think that’s a challenge for our team. We have to understand the magnitude of the trip and what it means before we hit a pretty good home stretch. We have to put ourselves in a good spot, but there is no doubt that this league doesn’t forgive when you are playing bad and losing games. You have to find your game and regroup as quick as possible because other teams are chomping at it to try and win games, too.”

Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant

On the play of Maxime Lagace:

“He made a lot of big saves for us. It was a good hockey game. There was a lot of north-south hockey for both teams, a lot of scoring chances for both teams. I thought Max was outstanding for us.”

On the importance of the past two wins against Dallas and Nashville:

“These two teams are really good teams. Anyone we play is going to be a tough opponent for us, but we just have to battle hard and play our game and see what happens. I like the way we played on this road trip.”

On Lagace getting another win tonight:

“It’s outstanding. He’s battled real hard for us. He’s played the most games out of any of our goalies so far and he’s battled hard and played real well. He was the difference maker tonight for sure.”

On if tonight’s win was extra special because of the father’s trip:

“I think it was a little different tonight because what it means to the players, all of their fathers were here, they had a good trip, they had a lot of fun and all the fathers had fun. So to win two games in tough buildings, that’s why everyone is so excited.”

Golden Knights Forward David Perron

On going into the third period with the lead and closing it out for the win on the second night of a back-to-back:

“Yeah, mostly we had a lot of energy to do that last night, trying to come back in the game and we found a way to win that game. We came in late last night, around three in the morning when we went to bed and for me I never sleep late in the morning, so I didn’t have too much sleep. So, we’ll take the two points tonight and keep moving forward. It’s nice because every night there is someone else stepping up at the right time to score a big goal. We need to keep that going.”

On the team seeming to bounce back from losing streaks with better winning streaks:

“I don’t know if we want to do a trend of losing games, but I think that’s just the way the NHL is. Every team is good in this league. Sometimes when you start losing your game maybe takes a couple games to get it back. But, for us, we are proud of the way we played this weekend. We found a way to get four points against two really good teams that play really well defensively and tested us at different times in the game. We’ll take four points and move on.”

Golden Knights Goaltender Maxime Lagace

On win against the Stars:

“It’s nice to get a win. It was a great team win. Really nothing to complain about.”

On easing the nerves throughout the game:

“They came out pretty strong with a couple shots at the beginning. That always helps you get in a beat, but I felt great the more time went on.”

On getting back to game speed:

“Sometimes it can be a little harder, but I had a couple of games on the road so I knew how to prepare. Not only was it a good team effort, like I said, they helped me out when I needed help and when they needed help, I thought I was there for them.”