Stars-Coyotes: Postgame quotes

Here are some postgame quotes following the Dallas Stars’ 4-3 shootout victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Friday night at American Airlines Center.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan

“We’ll take the points. They are a big two for us moving forward. … We still have areas we have to clean up in our game, the turnovers and we need to play the game the right way. I think that’s important for us moving forward, there is still some clean up that has to happen here regardless if we got two points. We can’t get fixated on whether we got two points, we still have to clean up some areas of our game.”

Gulutzan on the debut of defenseman Jamie Oleksiak

“I thought he played a good game. It’s not easy, especially for a defenseman. There are lots of people talking about him here. He knows that. I thought he played a pretty solid game. He’s a big guy, he got guys to the wall. I thought he did a good job blocking shots in front of our net, and getting people out of the way. And you can see that he can move. I thought it was a good first game for a young defenseman.”

Gulutzan on the debut of Antoine Roussel

“That’s the kind of game we want. We want the energy, he was good in the faceoff circle. I think after two periods he only played three-and-a-half minutes, but he played only 28 second shifts, so you can see he is burning jet fuel when he is out there. He’s going hard for 28 and coming off. I thought the energy he brought helped our club and the goal he scored gave us a little lift.”

Roussel on his NHL debut

“That was fun. The guys helped me out in the room a lot, they were talking to me and telling me to take it easy and that it is still a game. I am happy to get the first one out of the way and it was perfect to get a win. That’s most important, and I got a goal and that’s fun.”

Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon on his first NHL goal

“Obviously, pretty excited.  The puck squirted out, we had a good screen in front, I saw an opening to take a shot and luckily enough, it went in.”

Dillon on the win and ending the four-game winless streak

“With how short the season is, we understand how important the start to the season is. We are back on track and definitely felt good about tonight’s game and going into Phoenix and then on the road to Colorado and Edmonton, we’re looking to keep it rolling.”

Coyotes coach Dave Tippett

“Well, there’s some areas of our game where we can still clean up. But I thought our team hung around the game, competed really hard and gave ourselves a chance to win but in the end gave a point up. We’ll take that point, put it in the bank but we go home tomorrow. On home ice, we need two points tomorrow.”

Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith on his first game back from injury

“Not really many positive things, but just tried to battle, stay in it and give the team a chance. It was an unfortunate bounce on the first goal, the guy gets a breakaway off the referee, and the second one hits one of our guys sticks going in, and same on the third. It was just one of those games where the puck bounces the wrong way for us, and they got three goals out of it. We just need to stick with it and we’ll get them tomorrow.”

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