Here are some postgame quotes following the Dallas Stars’ 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena Tuesday night.
Stars coach Glen Gulutzan
“Five-on-threes and four-on-threes against a team like this that is this hungry on the power play right now, you just can’t take those. That’s the difference. We didn’t capitalize on our (five-on-three), but we still had the one-goal lead.
“At the end of the day, we need results but we’ve got to keep forging ahead because when you don’t, that is the moment you stall. There were some good things tonight in a back-to-back, you can see on the shot clock and a few things like that. We’re coming, we’re going to push and we’re going to get to where we need to go.”
Gulutzan on the Stars’ power play in the first period, when they had four opportunities, including a five-on-three.
“We’re forcing things. We’re forcing things. We have to be content with dumping it in and grinding it out. We shot ourselves in the foot a couple times with errant passes and some things. If you can’t get it, race to the red, get it in and work. It’s nothing you can design all the time. You just have to work and get it done. I thought we had chances later, but we needed one in the first.”
Stars forward Loui Eriksson
“We definitely needed to get one there with the five-on-three (in the first period). We have to do something better there. That can win us the game.”
Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon on his fight with Detroit’s Jordin Tootoo
“Just playing hard and what happened the last game (Tootoo hit on Philip Larsen) is in the back of your mind, but at the same time it was just one of those things to try to get the guys going.”
Tootoo on his fights with Eric Nystrom and Brenden Dillon
“The first one was more to get a good start and get the boys fired up. I have a good memory of what happened the last game and he was the one that asked me to go, so it was game on.”
Detroit coach Mike Babcock on Tootoo
“I was expecting him to get on the forecheck, but he took it upon himself to have a couple bouts obviously and we don’t mind that either. He’s a guy that gives us a different dimension that we haven’t had and when he’s out there guys know that he’s out there.”
Babcock on Detroit’s penalty kill, which was 5-5
“I thought our penalty, that’s the best we’ve done pressure-wise since 2009. They did a good job. (Assistant coach Bill Peters) has them well-organized and they are making it hard on the other team.”