Stars-Wild: Postgame quotes

Here are some postgame quotes following the Dallas Stars’ 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild Friday night at American Airlines Center.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan on the victory

“It was real big for us. We needed the points to claw our way into the top eight.”

Gulutzan on the power play, which scored three times in the game

“I thought we just outworked them. Shot more and outworked them. We needed to do that.”

Gulutzan on the contributions of Jaromir Jagr, who picked up his 1,000th assist in the game

“Forget about his play. He’s one of the best ever. The confidence and the will and the desire to win and be good are the biggest contributions he is going to give to our group. You saw it tonight. He got his 1,000th assist, there a scrum and he is right in there. That gives us something. It’s something that isn’t tangible. I thought the tangible things would always be there, but not the intangible, but not that. That’s a big part for us.”

Gulutzan on Wild forward Mike Rupp trying to throw Stars forward Reilly Smith into the bench

“What I loved was the reaction. I saw Roussel go in, I saw Daley go in and I saw Jaromir Jagr go in. That’s what we need and that’s what we’re about – we have to play together. I like that.”

Gulutzan on Vernon Fiddler, who left the first game with an injury

“He’s got a Charley Horse. He’ll be day-to-day.”

Jaromir Jagr on reaching 1,000 assists

“I never thought about any assists and points, I was happy to be able to play here. When I came here, I didn’t think I’d have a chance to play here. The league was too strong and too tough for me. I kept working hard and I’ve had so many good players around me, they showed me the way of how to get better. I really was pretty lucky. I always said you have to be lucky with who you play with and I had a chance to play with so many great players. “

Kari Lehtonen on bouncing back after the Wild rallied to tie the game 2-2

“We’ve had plenty of those two-goal leads lately and not been able to hold them. It sucks, but it was nice that we regrouped well and played the last 20 like we did the first 20. That was great.”

Stars center Cody Eakin on the physical third period

“It happens. It’s not expected but it happens. We stuck up for each other and a couple good scrums and a great fight by [Nystrom]. It’s nice to see the boys stick up for each other.”

Wild coach Mike Yeo

“It was a frustrating night. I’m not going to sit here and complain about officials. Bottom line is after two periods I thought we were in a good position. Unfortunately, we came out and let them get that rush chance a little too early in that period and then we’re chasing after that.”

“Let’s be honest here, that was a team that sat here and practiced and got ready for us. We knew that we were going to face their best game tonight. For many parts of the game, we were doing a lot of good things and we gave ourselves a chance. But in the end, we didn’t get ‘er done.”

Wild forward Devin Setoguchi

“After the second period, it’s 2-2. It’s anyone’s game coming into the third. We had a little turnover there and it costs us a goal early on. I don’t know what happened. Somehow we ended up 5-on-3 there. That’s tough when they score bang, bang like that.”

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