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Stars-Blues Postgame Quotes

Here are some postgame quotes following Friday’s Dallas Stars-St. Louis Blues game which the Stars won 2-1. These quotes are provided by Dallas Stars PR.

Stars Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

On tonight’s game:

“The goalie was the best player in the game for either team. We looked like a team that had not played in the league for a week. We got away with that part of it. We had some real gutty performances from some guys, especially on the back-end. (Marc) Methot coming in helped us enormously. (Martin) Hanzal had key face offs and key plays at the right time but we looked like a team that was behind the intensity level of what this was, which was a playoff hockey game. Two teams that were desperate but one of the teams had played a couple of games at a very high level and that just continued on. This is as well as anyone has played against us for a long time but we hung in there. We got better in the second period as the game got going. We really felt good until they went on the power play in the last four minutes that made everybody a little nervous.”

On what the return of Marc Methot means:

“You’ve got to be careful evaluating that. This is energy and excitement. By the time we get into California and that back-to-back, he’ll be into the grind so we’ll get a better look at what he’s like energy and fitness-wise. The best part is that he’s been skating for 18 of the last 21 days so he’s had lots of work on the ice and he looks, cardio-wise, like he can keep up. He and (Stephen) Johns are a tough pair to play against. That’s not a lot of fun. Methot allows Johnsy to get up on the attack more which is what we’re going to need moving forward. He’s a big add. It’s not just adding a player, it’s adding a free, really good, player. We’ve managed it but we’re a lot better hockey club when he’s in our lineup.”

On the play of the Stars’ penalty killing unit:

“We’re better. Killing penalties is a game of inches and we’re inching toward the game of inches but we’re still not as desperate as we’re going to have to be. Just before they scored their goal, three times in the slot we were reaching for the puck and normally that’s shield it with your body and make the clear but we’re trying to do two tasks. You’ve got to be desperate to protect the puck and that’s what I want to see is that level go up in critical ice. Net-front, face-off circles, stuff like that. We can get to another level as far as desperation goes. Having a guy like Hanzal in there amps it up because he has such a sense of pride. You can get in the playoffs without your power play but you can’t get in the playoffs without your penalty kill.”

Stars Defenseman Marc Methot

On his first game back:

“Man, there’s no better way to get back into it. There’s always a little doubt that kind of creeps into your mind when you’ve missed a lot of time like I have, but I put in the work. To be honest, I felt ready. Maybe my timing was off in several plays, and I’ll clean that up. But otherwise, I thought I was pretty good, and I’m just glad we got the win. That was huge.”

On bearing down at the end of the third with the double-minor penalty:

“We like to call those character wins, right? It’s as cliché as it gets but it’s true. You’re not going to blow teams out every night. And I know we have the offensive ability in this room to do that occasionally, but we know that as the heat rises toward the end of the season going into the postseason, you need to learn how to win these games. I think tonight was a great job. Obviously, you can’t ignore the fact that we had tremendous goaltending. That was huge. But, that’s also part of it. You need good goaltending to go far, and we have that here.”

On goaltender Ben Bishop’s bounce-back performance after being pulled against Vancouver:

“[Bishop] has been great. It’s nice to see him come back real strong the way he did tonight. And not to ignore Kari [Lehtonen], he’s been playing fantastic for us too. We have a great one-two punch back there. I think it just gives the group so much confidence. When you’re going out there and some nights you may not have the legs, or you’re on a back-to-back – you know you have a great goaltender back there it does wonders for your team.”

Stars Goaltender Ben Bishop

On last four minutes of the game:

“I guess there’s a little bit of desperation, doing anything you can to make sure you don’t give up a goal. There were a couple of chaotic moments there, but the guys did a good job of clearing pucks all night. They did a good job of not giving them those second opportunities. There were a couple times that there were pucks laying there, and the guys did a really good job clearing the net.” 

On playing in non-offensive games:

“Personally, after last game, after you get pulled, you want to come out and have a bounce back game. I wanted to come out and have a bounce back game. It’s not always going to be a six goals kind of night, just try to keep the team in it. We did a good job of getting a couple of goals, getting pucks and bodies to the net and taking away Jake’s [Allen] eyes and a couple went in. We’ll take it, I thought it was a great team effort even though it wasn’t that six goal effort, but they still did a good job.” 

On tying the Blues for third place:

“You guys asked before the game how important this game was and every game from here on is going to be equal importance. It’s nice to beat a team that you’re chasing, but it doesn’t really change anything. We’ve got to go out to the West Coast and the game against San Jose is just as important as the game tonight. It’s obviously nice to move up to that position, but it doesn’t really mean anything right now. We’ve just got to keep building here; obviously we’ve played pretty well minus that Vancouver game, so just keep building. We’ve obviously got a tough road trip, it’s tough going out there and getting wins, so it’s important to get off to a good start against San Jose.”


Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo

On if his team’s effort tonight would normally garner a road win:

“Yeah, I would say so. I mean, the effort was certainly there and I think puck possession wise we were doing a lot of good things. We generated some looks and we hit some posts and some we didn’t finish, but I think we’re not at a point where we should take too many positives from that. Those are things that we should do and we’re capable of doing and now we have to find a way to win these hockey games.”

On the amount of blocks against his team tonight and what was lacking around the net:

“Well, I think there was more traffic for one. We still passed up on shots and if you look at the first goal that they scored it was a bouncer and we could say that it was bad luck, but if you throw more pucks at the net then you are going to get some more of those opportunities. On the second goal that they scored, they had the net front that I think we could do a better job of getting. So, again, it’s a game that we could’ve won but we didn’t win. So, we have to look at it and we have to find a way to win these close games.”

On the Central Division and how tight the race is going to be:

“Well, you know, I would say that more often than not, when you play a game like that, you are going to win. That’s what we have to concentrate on: Just going into every game and keep trying to get better right now. So, if this isn’t good enough, then we have to come back and be better the next day. I would say that it is going to be a fight right to the end, but I like our team and I like the character of our team, so I think we’ll be ready for that fight.”

On the offensive push at the end of the game:

“Well, that’s a good defensive team over there. They’re one of the best as far as goals against and limiting shots. Overall, I thought we did a number of things very well to generate some opportunities. We had five scoring chances in the third period, which is probably pretty good. But, again, we have to find a way to finish and I think there were some opportunities that we could’ve just even thrown some pucks at the net. Just to try to create a little more chaos in those situations. You never know when you will get a bounce or where the puck may end up, so I think that we can do that a little more.”

Blues Goaltender Jake Allen

On St. Louis’ lack of offense:

“They get two fluky goals. We hit I don’t know how many posts, crossbars, skates. I know our forwards are frustrated because they played really well. I thought they did. They threw a lot of things at the net; we just didn’t get rewarded tonight. It’s disappointing because the points are so valuable right now and they threw two wacky pucks at the net and they both hit our players and go in the net. That’s just the way the game goes. It’s unfortunate. I thought we played a better game than they did, we just couldn’t get a bounce.”

On if this is the type of road game the team wants to play:

“No question. I thought we did a great job. We come into a tough building against a team that’s playing well. I thought it was a good, solid game. Obviously, besides the score, it was just unfortunate. I know a lot of the guys are frustrated in here because we know we played a good hockey game and we just couldn’t catch a bounce.”

Blues Center Brayden Schenn

“Yeah, I mean their goalie played well. He made a lot of good save in there. We had chances and weren’t able to finish. They get a lucky power play goal there off – I think it was off our skate. Last one there, I don’t think Jake could’ve seen it. Like I said, we had lots of chances tonight and weren’t able to finish, it’s frustrating. We played hard for one another tonight and just weren’t able to get two points.”

On it being a reoccurring theme of not seeing results with effort:

“Yeah, we said it before, you have to score goals when playing a hockey game. Our goalies been lights out for us all year here. Jake has a great game for us again tonight and we were unable to get more support for him. I don’t have an answer for you. Like I said we had chances and we were unable to finish them.”

On game stretch against the Central Division:

“Well we’re in battle. We’re right there with them, like I said, maybe there’s not getting the two points that we want. I thought it was a good response from Nashville. We could’ve folded over after losing there like we did. Like I said, guys played hard for one another tonight. There’s 20 games left, a lot of Central Division games. We know we are in battle. It’s going to be right down to the end like it usually does. Like I said, tonight wasn’t the result that we wanted. Back to the drawing board and look forward to next week.”

On getting offense again 16 shots on goal:

“This time of year there’s not going to be a whole lot of, especially in this division, there’s not going to be offense either way. So, tight checking, teams are so good in this division. Some nights you’re going to bounces, but whatever. But, like I said, yeah, it’s frustrating to have a loss like we did. We played well, we played hard and didn’t give them a whole lot.”