Stars-Sharks postgame quotes

Here are some postgame quotes following the Dallas Stars’ 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks at American Airlines Center Saturday night.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan on the win

“We needed it. It was a hard-fought game. You could see how good that team is coming into our building. It was a tough game, there was not a lot of territory out there.”

Gulutzan on the play of Cristopher Nilstorp

“I thought he was solid. I thought the game started right for our goalie. He had some shots early but we kept them to the perimeter. Then we got a little bounce there, one that was tipped and squeaked through. I thought Rome did a good job [of clearing that]. He settled right in and gave us a chance to win. I thought that was big.”

Gulutzan on the power play

“After we practiced it and worked on it, I thought our retrievals were good. I thought the guys battled for the puck. Just when you’ve got Bennie and Jags out there on that one power play they make something out of nothing. I thought that was a real big one and Ryds, you can’t give him that shot in the slot because if he gets that time he’ll bury it. I thought our big guys made big plays.”

Gulutzan on Benn’s fight inspiring the team

“Well, it certainly got us all off our seats. Like I said, he has a passion to win and it sparked us for sure. There’s our young bull there, going out there and getting things going. I thought it gave our team some energy. We need to do whatever we can to manufacture stuff and I thought Bennie picked a good opportunity and certainly a good opponent to get us going.”

Stars forward Jamie Benn on his fight with Joe Thornton

“Mix it up, get myself going a bit and kind of get the barn rocking. … It wakes you up, gets you going. I felt good doing it, it was pretty exciting and I just tried to get the guys going a bit.”

Stars goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp on getting his first NHL win

“Of course it’s a great feeling to get your first win. The guys did an amazing job in front of me and helped me out today so I’m really thankful for that. It’s a great feeling.”

Nilstorp on what this win does for his confidence…

“It means a lot for me. You get your first win, you get excited for next game now. My confidence builds up because of this.”

Sharks coach Todd McLellan

“More of the same, pretty good effort but like I said after the game in Chicago, you can’t take consolation in that. You have to put points in the bank and we’re not doing it right now. You can’t win games scoring one goal. Power play scored a goal. It’s the same thing. It’s over and over. We’ve got to find ways to fix it.”

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