Here are some quotes from the Dallas Stars on Sunday in wake of Saturday night’s 8-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at American Airlines Center.
Stars captain Brenden Morrow on if it was just one game or if things were building up to it
“I don’t think it was just last night. I think we’ve probably been getting to this point. A lot of individual performances may have shadowed some of the problems that we’ve had. Whether it was goaltending or overtime goals, we’ve gotten some breaks in games that hide some of the things we’ve done. Last night, nothing hid anything and it was pretty obvious how good they were and how bad we were.”
Morrow on whether the Stars, who are three points out of the final playoff spot, are confident they can climb into the top eight in the West over the final 21 games
“That’s the only way we look at it. As bad as we took a butt-whipping last night, we’re still in the same position – three points out. If you’re always one of those guys looking for positives, that’s what you can take out of it. It’s going to take work, it’s going to take effort and it’s going to take a lot better hockey than we showed last night. The group we have, everyone is willing to put in the effort to work through it.”
Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas on regrouping after a loss like Saturday’s
“You’ve got to move on. It was a bad game. We were all embarrassed. We have pride. We know we didn’t play the right way and they showed us they were the best team in the league. They outworked us, outskilled us and out everythinged us. That’s not how we want to be perceived. You look at Montreal, they lost 6-0 to Toronto at the Bell Centre (early in the season) and got booed off the ice and all that. Look where they are now, they got back after that. You don’t want something like that to happen but sometimes you need a slap in the face to remind you that you are headed in the wrong direction.”
Robidas on whether the Stars were trending towards a game like Saturday’s
“Early in the year we won some games we had no business winning and we’ve been in some games we had no business being in, but we got away with it because our goalie has been unbelievable. In this league, if you play the right way every game at the end of the year your record is going to show it. If you don’t that’s when it gets tough.
“Last night was a good reminder how we don’t need to play. We need to play smart, we need to play hard, play direct, eliminate turnovers, defend well, defend hard and fast. We’ve got to use our feet and make the smart decision at both blue lines. Clean up all the little stuff. Clean up the little stuff and we’re in good shape. We’ve proven to ourselves we can play with some of the best teams in the league when we want to. “
Stars coach Glen Gulutzan on how you come back after a loss like that
“You’ve got to come back swinging. We’ve got to come out tomorrow hard, play our game and re-establish ourselves. We had a good crisp practice today. We had a good meeting today. Not long, but a good, short meeting. We’ve got to come back out swinging.”
Gulutzan on the Chicago game being a wake-up call
“There comes a time where you have to make a decision of which way you are going to go. That game last night pushes you to that ledge, that decision. Are you going to jump or are you going to stay? I think Monday’s game will be important to see how as a group we react.”
Gulutzan on what was said in Sunday’s meeting
“Where are we going? Where are we going as a team? Are we going to get all hands on deck and move forward or are we going to sit back and take it? Are we going to unite or are we going to fragment? That was basically it. … This is a good group and I have full confidence this group is going to come together.”