Stars-Red Wings: Postgame quotes

Here are some postgame quotes following the Dallas Stars’ 2-1 victory over the Red Wings in Detroit Tuesday night.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan

“I think you saw us defending a little faster and getting on guys in our D zone. They are such a good team, so you have to defend fast. At the end of the day, I thought we created some good chances in the second, maybe took advantage of their back-to-back, but they got a push in them the last six minutes, they pushed real hard, but Kari (Lehtonen) was equal to the task. That summed up the game.”

On the decision to move Cody Eakin to the second line

“Just trying to create some more offense. I thought the first two game we primarily got our offense from one line. We were just trying to find a way to create some more, put Eakin up there with (Michael) Ryder and (Ray) Whitney and see how it went. We’ve got young guys on the roster that have been playing and we’ve got to use them. … I thought he played a simple game, he is still improving and he’s going to get better as we go. That’s our hope for the whole group.”

Goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 39 of 40 shots

“It was a good win. It was fairly easy the first 50 minutes I would say, and then Detroit came harder. It was nice to have that two-goal lead at that time. It made it more calm for the whole team. This place is not easy to come to and get wins. It was huge.”

Michael Ryder, who scored two goals

“I knew it was going to take a couple of games to get into it, the timing and everything. It’s only one game, but I feel better as each game goes on. That’s a good thing and I’ve got to make sure I keep doing what I did tonight and keep improving every game.”

Ryder on playing with Cody Eakin

“Eaks plays hard and he was doing a good job. He gets in on the forecheck and creates those turnovers. He created some space for me and Whits tonight. He did well and I was impressed with the way he played. He did a lot of good things and he helped us out.”

Detroit coach Mike Babcock

“You play three games in four nights with five days of training camp and it’s a lot different than having five weeks of training camp and playing three in four nights. I thought we looked like we were out of gas. The best guys we had were the ones who have been playing in the AHL. Aside from that, we really didn’t have much zip in us.”

Babcock on the Detroit power play, which was 0-4 in the game and is 0-15 on the season

“I thought the power play tonight was terrible. We pass it around and pass it around and pass it around. If you don’t shoot it and get it back and crash the net. When we had Nick (Nicklas Lidstrom) and Homer (Tomas Holmstrom), one got in front of the net and one shot the puck every time.”

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