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Stars-Canucks Postgame Quotes

Here are some postgame quotes following Sunday’s Dallas Stars-Vancouver Canucks game which the Canucks won 6-0. These quotes are provided by Dallas Stars PR.

Stars Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

On if he chalks the loss up to the latest three games in four days stretch or if it is more troubling than that:

“It’s more troubling than that.” 

On what troubled him about today’s loss:

“Positional play. We got away with it against Pittsburgh but we didn’t get away with it today. That’s the concern.”

On giving up the first goal in seven of the last eight games:

“That’s not so much the concern. The concern, for me, is the odd-man rushes and when you are at 70 or 80 percent you just can’t give them up. And we are giving up more, which is a recipe for disaster. We tried to put the brakes on it, but we weren’t able to. So, now we paid the price and this should get everybody’s attention and we’ll get back to work on Tuesday and work really hard Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and get ready for the game. But, odd-man rushes and easy scoring chances because of that; there are just way too many. That’s the part that is disappointing: when you are not at full court you have to be really disciplined in your play without the puck and we went exactly the opposite way. Like I said, we got away with it and then didn’t get away with it. We are kind of lucky and we got two points out of the four and we had some effort in the Pittsburgh game, but we gave up a lot of scoring chances and we did the same thing tonight.”

Stars Captain Jamie Benn

On the win streak coming to an end:

“I think that the hardest working team won. They jumped on us early with three goals in the first. That’s hard to come back from.”

On if he’s concerned about giving up the first goal recently

“No. I think a good to start every game is obviously what we want. We don’t want to be giving up the first goal every game, but it’s going to happen once in a while. Hopefully we can turn that around and start playing with the lead early in the game.”

On the missed opportunity to move into third in the Central Division:

“Obviously a disappointing outcome. We kind of got embarrassed in our own building. It’s frustrating; it’s disappointing. You’ve got to come ready to play every game and bring as much effort as you can.”

Stars Forward Jason Spezza

On what the team can take away from the game:

“Yeah, it’s obviously a tough way to end a good stretch of hockey that we’ve played. I think you just recognize what happened tonight, what we need to do better and just take it and learn from it and move forward. We’ve got a week now to practice and recover and get ready, and then we’ve got a big stretch of hockey coming up.”

On if he’s concerned with giving up the first goal lately:

“No. I think we’ve played good hockey. We’ve found our identity as a team. We know what we have to do. We know we’re doing well when we’re winning games, and tonight we just didn’t do it. So, it’s our job to grab it and get back to it this week in practice. We’ll have some good practices and we’ll be ready to go for the next game.”

On if the team felt they let the opportunity to move up in the standings go by them today:

“Well it’s just a game we want to win with four days (off) coming up. It’s a lot hockey in a short period in time, but it’s a game we want to win and it’s a game that we’ve been able to win. So, you just learn from it. It’s a missed opportunity but there’s lots of games to be played and there’s lots of opportunities to play. We play St. Louis head-to-head next. You can’t get standings watching, you just worry about the game in front of you. By no means did we look past Vancouver at all, we knew what they were going to bring. We knew they were a hard-working team and we just didn’t play how we wanted to play.”

Stars Goaltender Ben Bishop

On ending a five-game winning streak and getting behind so quickly:

“I think it was kind of the tale of two teams. One team has won five in a row and one team has lost four or five in a row. They came out kind of hard and once we got behind the eight ball there it is kind of tough to get things rolling. You have to give credit to them, they came out and they played really well in that first period and took to us. Obviously, you can’t take anybody lightly in this league.”

On giving up the first goal seven of the last eight games:

“Yeah, I think you always want to have a good start every night. It’s not always going to happen. Obviously, they got the first one, but you can’t look too much into it. It’s a long season, you’re going to go through some stretches where you score the first goal a bunch and sometimes they score the first goal. I think you have to look at the bigger picture where that was a good run there, five games in a row. Obviously, not our best effort tonight. One of those things you just have to put in the rearview mirror and get ready for the next game. Take the positives out of this last little run and obviously tonight wasn’t a good one, but just put this one in the rearview mirror and forget about it.”

On the playing St. Louis on Friday:

“Yeah, I think we know what we’ve done after these last couple breaks. We’re going to talk about it, I think. We don’t have to worry about that happening again. But, at the same time, we’re going to get some rest here. Obviously, there’s a tough little stretch there and kind of catch our breath here and get ready for Friday.”

Canucks Head Coach Travis Green

On today’s game and if it was a response to some frustration of late:

“It was a great response tonight. A game like that is what you are looking for out of your team. We talked about winning your game and taking accountability and what was nice about this game, after the last couple days, was that it really came from within our leadership group and taking a lot of responsibility in making sure they were ready to play today and that’s a big step.”

On if the first Reid Boucher goal set the tone for the game:

“It was definitely nice to get a lead and the type of goal that we talked about with going to the net tonight and finding a greasy goal. It’s not easy to score in this league if you’re not willing to go to the net and that was a good example of it.”

On the team’s play in the second period:

“It was. It might have been, as far as chances for and against, it was as good, or better, than the first period. Our team has to play 60 minutes. We have been talking about that a lot lately and it was a good job by our team and our leadership group to make sure we were ready to go today.”

On Jacob Markstrom’s play in net today:

“He’s a competitive guy. I think some of his quotes the other day got a little – well it wasn’t just one thing that they were talking about. He was more or less calling out that they had to play better. Within our group and our leaders, they reiterated that since the last game and it was good to see our team really take control of their own play.”

On how much his team needed this win:

“We did. Call it crucial or whatever you want to call it, but to end the trip on a positive note was important. With us having the day off tomorrow and going back home, you don’t want to sit and dwell on a game that you weren’t happy about.”

Canucks Goaltender Jacob Markstrom

On how it feels to get the win:

“Great sixty-minute performance from every position. We really played a good game and sacrificed ourselves. The power play was good, could have been better, but it was good. The penalty kill was flawless. The guys really battled for sixty minutes. It was a great game.”

On his strong words after the last game:

“This is how we have to play. It’s tough when you say something and it gets taken out of context in some places and it makes me look like a less good of a guy. That’s what media is and sometimes it happens, and it doesn’t make me too happy. But, the whole team talked yesterday, and we weren’t happy with the results and how we’ve been playing hockey the last four days. That’s why it’s frustrating when we’re not playing so good to know how good we can play and this was a perfect example. We can’t get too high and we’ve got to keep building on this.”

On guys like Boucher and Archibald getting called up:

“Oh it’s great. Like I said in Carolina too, [Archibald] was probably one of the best players on the ice. He’s just got to keep it going and play physical and that’s really helping for their defense to not get up in the play as much and for our forecheck, too.”

Canucks Forward Jake Virtanen

On if his goal tonight was the longest breakaway he’s ever had:

“I think so. It was good. I knew, probably from the redline, that I had to set my mind to go five-hole and it worked out, so it was good.”

On his move to go through the legs of Ben Bishop on the breakaway to score:

“I watch a lot of clips on guys going five-hole and see a lot of videos of late, so I tried it out and it worked. It was good.”

On if he feels his game is trending in the right direction:

“Yeah, I think so. I think every game I feel like I am getting better. I am going to make mistakes and it’s going to happen, but you learn from those and I think each game I am getting better; even if I do have a game here that is not as good it is still a learning thing for me.”

Canucks Forward Brock Boeser

On being injured and playing through the game:

“I felt better tonight. Obviously, still hurts when shooting, but did enough where I can manage it. [The pain] wasn’t as bad as the next morning, but there was still pain. It was manageable.”

On getting hit hard this season:

“Yeah, I was just trying to shoot the puck. I didn’t know he was going to try to hit me there. It’s part of the game.” 

On how today’s game went:

“After some tough losses, we want to get back to playing our game and make sure we’re playing together as a team and communicating well. I thought we did a great job of that tonight.”

On the mentality of the team going up against a streaking Dallas club:

“We were aware of how they were playing, obviously, but at this point we were more focused on our play and what we need to do to get back on track and play our type of game. Like I said, it was more of us sticking together and working as a five-man unit.”