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Stars-Flames Postgame Quotes

Here are some quotes following Tuesday’s Dallas Stars-Calgary Flames game which the Stars won 2-0. These quotes are provided by Dallas Stars PR.

Stars Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

On tonight’s game:

“What did we give up 30 scoring chances? I find it really pisses me off. Ben (Bishop) was great and did an outstanding job. He held us together and its two points and we’ve got to move ahead quickly. We need a lot better play from a lot more people. (Radek) Faksa’s line did it again and that’s getting to be a broken record. We have to seriously look at the way we’re playing our lines to get better because it’s not working. We’ve got 24 hours to get ready for one of the best teams, if not the best team in the National Hockey League coming in here and we can’t play like this. The players know that. Everybody’s given Ben a big hug today and its two points and we move on in the standings.”On the power play:

“We’re just being outworked. It’s not technical, we’re just being outworked. We’re being outworked at the puck. When we do it, like the first two, we’re good and we scored. When you’re outworked at the puck then you’re outraced up the ice and beat on the boards.  We don’t have any traffic at the net on a consistent basis. All the things a good power play has, we’ve stopped doing it. We tried to play an easier game and it’s fallen into our five-on-five play too and we need to clean that up. We’ll get better at it. We’re trying to trust the same people out there. We’re trying to show them that we trust them and they can get the job done and turn it around. Eventually when it falls on my plate and we have to make a change, it’s going to be dramatic. We’re going to make a dramatic change where people who have played all year on it, won’t go out. Right now we’re trying to stay with them to see if we can turn this thing around collectively as a group.”

On the play of the penalty killers:

“I thought (Mattias) Janmark and (Devin) Shore were outstanding today and you look at their performance and it’s really something you can be happy with. They really managed the puck well. I thought Janmark was tremendous in critical ice situations killing penalties and controlling the game down low. It’s a good sign for some of those guys. One guy that, for me, has really taken big steps is (Brett) Ritchie. Ritch is really doing a job for us. He’s battling and I really wish, for him, that he could score. Some of those younger guys are really starting to show up for us.”

On the team after the trade deadline:

“I think you’ve got to take the two points and move on. Every guy in that locker room knows we can play better and they all know we’re going to play better. You’ve got be careful how you analyze things right now. I think we’re going to gauge this over the nest 10-to12 games. How bad do we want it and who’s going to step up. That’s what is going to show up over the nest 10-12 games. Right now, this has to matter to them a lot more and I have to monitor that and hold them accountable. As far as the emotion, it’s got to take place in the locker room. It’s a tough time of year. Some teams are worn out a little bit and some are rejuvenated. There’s all kinds of different emotions that flow this time of year. We’re getting to the end and it really comes down to who is leading and who wants it and that’s what we have to help the guys with.”

Stars Goaltender Ben Bishop

On tonight’s win over a team that’s right behind Dallas in points:

“It was a big win; a four-point game there. These last 20 games every game is going to be important, so it doesn’t matter how, they are going to be different every single night, but we have to find different ways to win. We did some good things tonight. There were some good stretches on the power play on both sides. I thought we did a good job of winning that game and that was kind of the difference in the game.”

On the early 5-3 power play for Calgary and the saves he made:

“Well, I was really relieved that puck didn’t hit anybody in the stands because that thing was going. That was scary. But, it was a big kill. The guys did a good job in front of me. We have been working on it and talking about it and trying to get better. They [Calgary] have a good power play over there with some good players, so a full minute 5-on-3, it’s nice to be able kill those. It was kind of a little bit of revenge from the Anaheim game.”

On if the team would rather spend less time in the penalty box than tonight:

“Yeah, absolutely. I think both teams took a lot of penalties tonight. It was one of those games where there were a lot of calls being made, but at the end of the day it’s the results and the guys did a good job of finding ways to kill those penalties.”

On getting the first win after the trade deadline with the team staying as it is:

“It was important. Obviously, with the deadline, you never know what is going to happen. There is a lot of speculation in the air and you never know what the final outcome is going to be, but it’s nice to not have any changes in this locker room. It’s never fun to see guys go, and we have a good team in here. We all believe in each other, and like Jim [Nill] said: it’s about us going out there and doing it. He put the onus on us and it’s one game and we have to keep building. The schedule gets tough and we have a great team with Tampa coming in and then St. Louis. So, we’ll enjoy this for a minute and then get ready for Tampa.”

Stars Defenseman Dan Hamhuis

On first game after trade deadline against a team a point behind:

“It’s a really important game. I mean you look at the standings are right there beside us. We knew it was on the line tonight. It certainly wasn’t close to a perfect game, but Bishop played really well for us.” 

On the penalty kill and setting a tone:

“To kill off two minutes of five-on-three, that’s a big boost for our team and can be a bit deflating for the other team. I thought we built off that and got a couple goals.”

On Bishop’s performance:

“Yeah, it’s great to see the way he played tonight because you know we’re not going to play perfect hockey every night and we’re going to need him to make some saves. And that’s what he did for us. We also don’t want to rely on him like we did tonight. We have to work on our game to get better and limit some of the chances. There was a lot out there that were definitely preventable.” 

On penalty kill – and moving forward to not be in the penalty box as much:

“Yeah, special teams was a big part of the game tonight and we came out on top of that battle and got us a win.” 

On being the same type of game as 20 years ago (Hitch’s blueprint):

“Well we’re really focused on good defense. That doesn’t necessarily mean that we just sit back and defend the other team. We try to play good defense the way we play offense, the way we check, the way we do everything out there has a defensive component to it. We believe that’s winning hockey.”

On the key in high pressure games to win:

“Sometimes working harder isn’t always the way to go. It’s working smarter a lot of the time and putting your energy into doing the right thing. And I think tonight there’s evidence out there that we can be better at that. We made the game harder out there than we should’ve.”

Flames Head Coach Glen Gulutzan

On coming up short tonight:

“It’s pretty simple. We had to get something on the power play, especially that five-on-three. I thought [Ben] Bishop was really good tonight and we had a lot of chances but we just couldn’t get anything by him. And good as he was though, we needed to get something on the five-on-three to get us going. They capitalized on their power play, they made a play and made a good shot. I thought Johnny [Gillies] gave us a chance to win. But at the end of the day, your specialty teams have to break through for you. I thought we played a pretty good road game but their goalie was really good.”

On the effect of not scoring on a five-on-three:

“It’s not too bad. But what I saw what it did to their bench, their crowd obviously recognizing a good kill, and I thought they got a little energy from it when it didn’t happen. Our bench didn’t sag, I just think that when we get out of a five-on-three, I know it gives the other team a boast. We had our looks. Usually power plays are a little different if you don’t get a look or two. We had some good looks off the cross bar. We had a good look by Monny [Sean Monahan] there, but nothing would go.”

On getting frustrated about the penalties tonight:

“I thought there were a lot of penalties both ways. On their power play goal I thought there was some interference that was being called all night that didn’t get called and in a game like that, one play makes a difference, right? Other than that, it was a specialty teams type night and they won that game.”

On the key for a bounceback:

“You got to keep putting your good road game on the table again. You can’t dwell anymore, right? It’s not the time of the year. We’ve got 18 games left. We have to re-energize and get back at it and get points tomorrow. Everyone is playing tonight. No one is going to go 19-0 to finish the season. So, we have to reload and get back at it.”

On the play of John Gillies:

“Yeah, I thought he was good tonight. He gave us a chance. You look at both goals, I thought they made a real nice play on the first goal and even the second goal [Tyler] Seguin gets a shot from there. On an east-to-west pass like that, he’s not going to miss too many times. He gave us a chance tonight but I thought Bishop was really good in the beginning.”

On what you do when an opposing goalie is stopping everything:

“Even our power play, we generated a lot of chances. We had a lot of good looks. Even some better looks than when we’ve scored. He was equal to the challenge. At the end of the day you are going to look at it and you are going to go, you know what, sometimes you are going to run into a good goalie. But we did create and other than the usual, right, we need more traffic in front of a good goalie, you have to tip your hat.”

Flames Captain Mark Giordano

On tonight’s game:

“Well I think it starts with their goalie, he played an unbelievable game. We had a lot of looks – all of us, myself – a lot of us had some Grade-A scoring chances that we would like to see go in the net. Other than that it was a hard-fought game, it was tight. They got a late one in the first, I thought we bounced back fine. We outplayed them in the second and they got a power play goal, so that was the difference. I just thought even the ones [Bishop] didn’t see tonight were hitting him and the rebounds were going to places where we couldn’t get to them. We have to find a way to score, that’s it, that was the difference tonight.”

On playing the top goalies:

“You’d like to get to the net, get some tips. I thought we did in the third, we got some traffic in front of him. (Hopefully) try to score an ugly one. But it was one of those games where – I know a few shots from the point, myself, [Doug Hamilton], it looked like [Bishop] didn’t see them and then he made some big time saves that’s why he’s a top goalie in the League. But we can’t be satisfied, obviously, not getting any points tonight. We need to rebound and get a win tomorrow.”

Flames Goaltender Jon Gillies

On his performance in net tonight:

“I thought I fought the puck a little bit the first two periods and it’s tough to get in a flow when they are not really shooting except when they have a pretty good chance at the net. So, they were selective and opportunistic and at the end of the day I think [Ben] Bishop played really well. And in a game like that, where the chances were lopsided, I really would’ve liked to come up with a couple of more saves to keep the game even, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.”

On his ability to bounce back after giving up goals:

“Yeah, I think that it’s part of your job description. Letting in goals is going to happen. Good ones; bad ones. It doesn’t matter and there’s nothing you can do about it after the fact. You just have to reset, go forward and try to make the save the next time around. I’ve been pretty confident in my ability to do that for the majority of my career, so I don’t feel that it’s any different.”