Stars-Predators: Postgame quotes

Here are some postgame quotes following the Dallas Stars’ 5-4 overtime loss in Nashville Monday night.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan

“We just didn’t have a good feel for the game after we were up 4-2. We needed to stay disciplined after the double minor for high sticking (on Nashville’s Mike Fisher). They are going to look for something on you. You can’t give up a five-on-three. You can’t take that penalty. We just didn’t have game feel. We let them in, and got them excited. We just needed to make sure we closed them out.”

Gulutzan on Vernon Fiddler’s penalty that gave Nashville the five-on-three power play

“It wasn’t (a smart play). You can’t go down five-on-three. You can’t do that. They are emotional guys, but at the end of the day we need to be disciplined. There’s a difference between emotion and discipline, and we needed to be on the discipline side. It was a needless penalty.”

Gulutzan on Matt Fraser, who scored his first goal

“I thought (Fraser) was nervous early, but he settled in. Once he got that goal it perked him up a little bit.”

Gulutzan on the health of the team heading to Columbus

“We should be status quo here tonight. We’ve got some nicks and bruises, but I don’t think anything that would keep anyone out of the lineup.”

Stars forward Eric Nystrom

“I don’t think (momentum) ever shifted back to them. It was just a back-and-forth hockey game. I thought it was a lot of fun. Obviously we are disappointed with the result, but we came back, they came back. We just have to move ahead. We have another one tomorrow.”

Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas

“They came a little stronger and we kind of sat back a little bit. I don’t know why we decided to sit back, but we really didn’t play our game. … They got a five-on-three and capitalized and it kind of put them back in the game. There’s a big difference between one goal and two goals.

Stars forward Matt Fraser, who scored his first NHL goal

“You dream about playing in the NHL, your first game and this was my second game. I found the back of the net. I was really happy. It kind of puts a damper on the overall celebration since we lost the game, but hopefully there will be more to come.”

Nashville coach Barry Trotz

“I thought a key moment – and your top guys and your captains, everybody follows them – I thought when (Shea) Weber got upset and he took down 25 and 20 with a couple of big hits, our bench got a real lift from that. We killed the rest of the penalty, and I think we outshot them 22-6 after that.”

Trotz on defenseman Roman Josi, who had two goals and two assists in the game

“The last couple of games, he’s played with a lot of jump. I think he’s finding himself as a player in this league. He’s very comfortable and he’s playing in all situations and he’s becoming a very important part of our team.”

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