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Stars-Avalanche Postgame Quotes

Here are some postgame quotes following Saturday’s Dallas Stars-Colorado Avalanche game which the Avalanche won 4-1. These quotes are provided by Dallas Stars PR.

Stars Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

On if his team showed the work effort he wanted tonight:

“Yeah, I thought there were periods of times that we did a really good job. The first period was a bit sluggish for both teams, but I thought the second period towards the end and we created all of those scoring chances in the third that salted away. The game turned on the missed power play opportunities in the third period. We missed all of those opportunities we had in the third and, especially in the first, we had a lot of scoring opportunities and we created a lot of turnovers in the first and didn’t get the lead. Then, we had a lot of looks in the third period when it was 1-1. That’s what you want.”

On if it’s just one of those games where their chances don’t convert and the other team’s do:

“Well, we turned the puck over on the goal against and we gave a quick player a chance to get up ice with speed and he was able to find a seeing-eye dog [goal] through there, but it was more about when you get back-to-back power plays like that and you have that many quality looks you’re hoping that one of those goes in. But, they didn’t.”

On Ben Bishop’s play tonight and if he should have stopped some of the goals tonight:

“Well, I don’t like commenting on the goalie stuff. They are the last line of defense and that’s an open forum. It’s like you ask the obvious questions and let him answer that. If he feels he should have stopped it, he should have stopped it, but I just know you’re not going to win a lot of games scoring one goal. Bottom line. Especially at home. You have to score more than one goal. We had too many quality scoring opportunities. We had four breakaways. We had too many quality scoring opportunities and missed them and that did come back to haunt us. It hasn’t before, but it did this time. That’s twice against this team and against that goalie [Johnathan Bernier] that it has come back to haunt us with all of those quality chances. So, that’s disappointing.”

On if it is important to win the goaltending battle:

“Well, that is the second half of the season. That’s what it is. You have to win the special teams game and you have to win the goaltending battle. That’s what this second half is. The temperature goes up. I thought we were OK tonight, but the temperature is going up and whoever raises their level is going to catch up to the temperature. If you see what Minnesota is doing know; that’s experience and they know what’s at stake. I think we have to catch up and get our game up to another level and find that level for us. Today, we were OK, but if you’re really focused and dialed in you don’t miss the chances we missed today. There were just too many easy scoring chances that we missed today.”

On if he’s worried about the lines and breaking up the top line again:

“No, I don’t think it’s that. I think other people just have to give us more. We are at that stage now. If I have to bust up the line to spread out the wealth; that’s shame on us because for me it is that other guys are going to have to step up. We are going to have to have some second wave players step up here. We have given them the opportunity and now it’s time for them to take advantage of it.”

On if it’s challenging to go back on the road after a long homestand:

“I think it will be good for us. There is tough teams and the first team out of the box [Boston Bruins] are probably the best team in the East right now. That is a very significant opponent and it will be a good test for us. I am looking forward to it.”

Stars Goaltender Ben Bishop

On the game tonight:

“I think it was the way I thought it was going to be. We did a pretty good job. I think there was a little bit of a feeling out process, but we did a good job. We had our chances. Their goalie played well. You’ve got to find a way to make one of those saves in the third period to keep the team in it and we weren’t able to get one there. I don’t think it was a terrible effort. I think we did a pretty good job, we just couldn’t find the back of the net. They got two there in the third where you’ve got to make a save.”

On the overturned goal:

“[Blake Comeau’s] foot made contact with mine, kind of like a slew foot. I don’t think he was trying to slew foot me, but it was just kind of what happened. I kind of thought it was pretty obvious, but [Tim Peel] is a good ref. Sometimes they’re going to miss stuff, so it’s not a big deal. They got the call right and that’s all matters. I thought we did a good job after that responding and going down and getting a goal.”

On missed opportunities in the game tonight:

“Yeah, obviously you want to win every game, but you’re not going to throughout the season. Obviously, you know, divisional opponent at home, you want to take advantage. But, sometimes it’s not going to go your way and tonight was one of them. But we go on the road now, and it’s been awhile. We’re going into a tough building in Boston, so get ready for them and Detroit after that. Obviously, you want to get the win, but I don’t think it was a terrible game. I thought we put in a good effort. We had our chances to win the game there and [Jonathan Bernier] played well and now we just move on.”

Stars Captain Jamie Benn

On tonight’s game vs. Colorado:

“It was a weird game and it really came down to win a period – win the game. It was wasn’t going too well for us pretty much all night. It came down to the third period and they found a way to get it done.”

On having opportunities in the game:

“I thought we had two power plays to start the third period and we didn’t get it done. Hockey is a funny game where – I don’t know how long it took them to come back and score after those penalties.”

On the upcoming road trip:

“The challenge is to bring our best on the road. We have to find a way to dig in and get some points in some tough buildings. We’ll get back to work tomorrow and it starts with a big one in Boston.”

On not letting one loss turn into a losing streak:

“It should be our mindset. Anytime you lose a game you want to come back for the next one a little strong and find a way to win a hockey game.”

Avalanche Head Coach Jared Bednar

On winning their sixth in a row:

“I really liked their effort tonight. I thought we did a lot of really good things. We checked really well and we didn’t give up many scoring chances. The bulk of their chances came up on those power plays. We didn’t give up a whole bunch of shots; especially in the second period early on. We did a good job checking, we spent some time in our zone but we were comfortable down there and did all the right things. I thought [Bernier] was really good, especially in the third period when we needed him to be on some of those penalty kills. Getting our special teams the way they are at home, on the road is important for us. For our [penalty kill] to come up big and kill all four of those off was excellent.”

On overcoming challenges from the bye week:

“I think that our guys handled themselves properly. They got away. They got some rest. I know a bunch of guys put in a little bit of work to make sure that they had some legs here. Coming out of the bye week, yesterday’s practice was really good. Today’s morning skate was good. It was focused and we worked hard. I think our guys are hungry to keep this thing going. I think that’s a big factor and it showed tonight.”

After killing Patrik Nemeth’s second penalty:
“That was a big kill for us. I mean we kill one, and he gets the next one just stepping on the ice or touching the puck early before he steps onto the ice. I liked our team’s composure. When our goal got taken away and there was no penalty call after that, I think our guys stayed with it, and they were just moving onto the next play. And that’s what we need to be able to do. You got to be able to stay composed, through some of those calls and find a way to get the job done.”

Avalanche Forward Alex Kerfoot

On winning their sixth in a row:

“It’s good. I think that we’re playing good hockey right now. We’ve got confidence in our group. We’re just doing the little things right now and we’re finding ways to win, which is what good hockey teams do.”

On goaltender Jonathan Bernier’s play recently:

“He’s been incredible. You can just tell from watching him how much confidence he has. He just stepped in there when [Semyon Varlamov] got hurt, and we’ve got a lot of confidence in him.”

On the key to keeping winning form
“I think we’re just buying-in to playing the right way. I think that up and down the lineup, guys are doing things to win. Guys know what their roles are on this team. Obviously our first line has been scoring a lot of goals. Third and fourth line, we just want to have positive shifts and be responsible with the puck. Our special teams has been really good as well which always helps.”