Here are some postgame quotes following the Dallas Stars’ 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center Friday night.
Stars coach Glen Gulutzan on if the first period was the team’s best of the season
“I think from start to finish. Our first periods have been good this year as a whole. We came out with some juice. I think it’s a little bit indicative of how we practice we want to come out with a lot of tempo in our practices and get those first. I don’t think it’s a secret that those seconds need some work, so we got to figure that one out.”
Gulutzan on the defensive effort in the third period.
“We had a good third. We limited our turnovers. We played smart hockey. It’s another little step for us in the way we have to play to be successful in this division.”
Gulutzan on the play of Alex Goligoski, who has back in the lineup after being scratched Wednesday
“I thought he was better tonight. I think he’s still squeezing it a little bit. I think he passed up a few shots that he could’ve have taken and he’s looking for that pretty play and I think that’s normal when you have a player that’s not up to speed; you look for something that’s really pretty to get you out of it . Really, it’s the ugly thing that will get you out of it. He’s got good legs, he just needed to put more pucks on net tonight, but I thought there are some encouraging signs from him.”
Stars forward Jamie Benn on the team’s strong first period
“We wanted to get on them early. They’re obviously a good team and they’re on a bit of a hot streak so we wanted to go right after them and not give them any confidence. We used our home building to an advantage.”
Stars defenseman Trevor Daley on goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 20 of 21 shots
“We took on a lot of water in that second. Kari, like every other night, came up big once again. That guy doesn’t get enough credit for how good he really is. It’s incredible. That’s why he’s back there, to stop the puck.”
Stephane Robidas, who fought Corey Perry, on the Ducks targeting him tonight
“Last year, I hit Perry here and he hurt his shoulder. The funny thing is we played in Anaheim after that, and they didn’t do anything. … If they want to focus on me, come on. That’s their game plan, I guess. It’s almost like you can’t touch the guy. It’s a game of physical contact. If you want to play hockey – it is going to happen once in a while – you are going to get hit.”
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on his team’s slow start to the game
“Well, we didn’t kill the penalties very well. We were shorthanded seven minutes. Obviously they came out and we didn’t. We were like in quicksand right off the bat and we didn’t play very well in the first period. When you don’t play very well, you know it’s their best period and they’re going to come out, the results are usually 1 or 2-0.”