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Stars-Sharks Postgame Quotes

Here are some postgame quotes after Sunday’s Dallas Stars-San Jose Sharks game which the Stars won 6-0. These quotes are provided by Dallas Stars PR.

Stars Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

On tonight’s game:

“We played the way that you have to play to beat San Jose. You have to be able to skate and you can’t give up things easy. We scored on our chances but more than anything they got shots but we kept it to the outside. I thought inside the dots we played really well. We negated a lot of their strong inside play that they score all of their goals from. And then we turned those into odd man rushes which helps a lot. I just thought we played sound, we had a very strong start to the game and didn’t let up. We didn’t give them a chance to breathe and built a lead.”

On the play of the third line and how they have responded to responsibility:

“I don’t think you can be a good third line in the League unless you can score. You have to be able to chip in and you have to be able to score. That’s what a lot of fourth lines do. I think they got off it, they were really going well and then they got away from it because they stopped trying to score. So to me, they already play with a conscience which is really good but they stopped trying to score. And then the line wasn’t as effective not because they were giving up things defensively, it was that they stopped trying to attack. Now in the last two games, they have gone back on the attack. I thought this was [Tyler] Pitlick’s strongest game. He stayed determined on the puck like he did before. They’ve got skill and have ability to make plays off the rush. When you are playing the role they play, they are going to get odd-man rushes. They were too conservative for a week or 10 days, but they are back playing with flair now again. That’s a good sign.”

On Alexander Radulov’s injury:

“He’s going to be fine. We held him out precautionary wise with the neck just to make sure, but he will be fine. He will play the next game.”

On Dan Hamhuis’ possible injury: 

“It was a scary thing. We were concerned there but vision came back right away so he was able to play.”

Stars Defenseman John Klingberg

On where the team is right now:

“I think we’re playing some really good hockey. I think we dominated a lot of aspects of the game today – special teams and the 5-on-5 game, as well. When we needed [Ben Bishop] to step up, he did. We’re feeling really good about ourselves now, we’ve got some confidence going especially at home here now with a lot of games. We’re playing really good and that’s important.”

On his play so far this season:

“Yeah, I think so. I’m happy with how I’m playing right now. I feel like I’m developing every game and every day. Obviously with the new system, that’s helping me a lot as a player and the other defensemen, too. So yeah, I feel good about my game.”

On the play of Faksa’s line tonight:

“Yeah, every night they play against the other team’s best players and they’re winning a lot of those shifts every night. They’re huge for us and we know [Radek Faksa] is a really good player and he gets [Antoine Roussel] and [Tyler Pitlick] going there, too. They’re a really good shut-down line and obviously they’re scoring goals, too, so they’re going to be huge for us in 2018.”

 Sharks Head Coach Peter DeBoer

On what happened in tonight’s loss:

“I don’t know. It’s not the way you want to start the road trip. I think right from the drop of the puck, I thought they were the hungrier team. They won the first shift and set the tone from there. I don’t think we really responded until the second period and by then we were already in the 2-0 hole.”

On what he wants to see better from his team on the road:

“I don’t look at this like we’ve been a poor road team, but this was a poor game tonight. So, we’ll see and I’d like to think that we can go on the road and play our game. We’ve done it, even this year, for stretches. I don’t think it was a symptom of something bigger, it was just a bad night.”

On if there was a natural let down with Logan Couture missing and him coming back tonight:

“Listen, you can make all kinds of excuses but the bottom line is that they [Dallas] worked and earned a win tonight and we didn’t. This is the NHL and you can’t use that an excuse. It’s a good lesson. If you don’t show up to work in this league, in any building, you are not going to have results.”

Sharks Captain Joe Pavelski

On tonight’s loss:

“We didn’t get going. You prepare to play and then we came out and we were fighting the puck early and I think that led to us not breaking out clean. We didn’t connect two passes together for a while. We spent a lot of time in our end. We saw a lot of shots early, a lot of chances early. [Martin] Jones was great for us; he kept us in there. If we can strike one early and find our game, there’s a chance for us and it just never happened.”

On losing four of the last five on the road:

“I did not know that stat. We weren’t looking at that. We have won three straight, those were all at home, I guess, and then we come in here. We are a team that we believe we can play well on the road and we know we have to bounce back now.”

On if it’s just one of those bad nights:

“I guess, throughout the season there are a lot of games, a lot of travel. There are a lot of nights for whatever reason it doesn’t happen. I can’t remember one of these recently. For whatever reason the puck went into the net for them and not for us. We expected a better effort and better execution. We’ll come back with a better work ethic next game and try to fix a few things.”