Stars-Predators Postgame Quotes

Here are some postgame quotes following Thursday’s Dallas Stars-Nashville Predators game, which Nashville won 7-3. These quotes are provided by Dallas Stars PR.

Stars Head Coach Lindy Ruff

On the Stars’ slow start:

“Those are two tough goals that went in.  The third one we shoot in our own net.  We got a little bit shorthanded and tried to fight back.  We took a tough penalty that gave them life again.”

On the injury to Justin Dowling:

“He took that stick to the head so it doesn’t look like he’ll be able to play and it doesn’t look like [Brett] Ritchie will be ready for the next game so we’re down a couple of more forwards.  We’ll have to bring up a couple of more.”

On the play of Kari Lehtonen:

“He had a couple of tough breaks.  He made a couple of good saves but had a couple of tough breaks go against him.  There were a couple he couldn’t do anything about the [John] Klingberg or the [Jamie] Oleksiak, he can’t do anything about the backdoor coverage goal which was just another coverage goal like we’ve talked about.”

On the team’s overall effort tonight:

“I thought we started slow and that our young guys really got it going in the second period. Then we got the big goal out of [Jason] Spezza. I’d have like to have seen a little quicker start.  We immediately got behind the eight ball and it was tough on us.  We continued to push, we didn’t fold.”

On impending call-ups:

“We’re going to have to call up, it looks like, two forwards since it doesn’t look like Ritchie will be ready to play. We thought he’d be ready today but after the game tonight it still doesn’t look like he’ll be ready for Saturday.” 

Stars Defensemen John Klingberg

On the start to tonight’s game:

“I think we gave them the game. It’s just embarrassing. From the first shift we were not in the game at all. The whole first period was just embarrassing. We came back in the second and did pretty well, but it was the same thing. We let those easy opportunities slip in there and it’s just how the season has been. It’s been pretty frustrating.”

On if frustrations from the whole season culminated tonight:

“Maybe, but we have to stay professional. This is embarrassing. This is our own arena and we are playing in Dallas, it should be way better than this. There are no excuses for this one. It was just really bad. Terrible.”

On playing for the fans in the last game of the season on Saturday:

“That’s what we need to do. We wanted to do it today too, but, like I said, we have to stay professional and play for the fans. It’s going to be the last game of the season. This was the second to last game and we can’t put up a game like this in our own arena. We are going to lose people coming to the games and it’s not good at all.” 

Stars Forward Radek Faksa

On tonight’s game:

“We have to help out each other more. I think we have to play more like a team and be ready from the start. We weren’t ready and a 4-0 period can’t happen; especially at home. When you are losing 4-0 that is too hard to come back. We got a good bounce and we were coming back, but then we were on the penalty kill and they scored and it was game over.”

On if things were out of sync tonight:

“It starts with practice. We have to practice like it’s a game. We have to start better. That can never happen to start 4-0 at home. It’s too hard after that.”

On trying to bounce back in the season finale on Saturday:

“That would be huge for our confidence. We want to finish the season with a win and go with clear minds into the summer and learn from this season. We had better from this group and hopefully next season we will start winning from the start because it is so hard to comeback because the teams are so good.”

Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette
On the four goal first period:

“I thought we were good right off the bat. We were able to get an early goal and that to me can set the tone of the game. It was just a good play to get the puck to the net and somebody going to the net. The first period was good. The second period I thought it was a little sloppy coming out 4-0 and gave them some opportunities coming back, but I thought we tightened it up in the third so I was happy with the game.” 

On Viktor Arvidsson:

“I think everybody in the room is truly happy for him. He’s truly earned his 30 goals and coming into the year, not knowing what kind of a year he was going to have and to see it to this point right now is pretty special for him and everyone is happy for him.” 

On getting the offense ready before the playoffs:

“We are always looking for offense. Some nights we get a lot of looks and opportunities and they drop and some nights they don’t. Tonight, it was good, we got going right away and like I said I think the first goal set the tone for us.” 

On Mattias Ekholm being an Assistant Captain:

“The way he handles on a daily basis, he’s absolutely the guy that can lead this team. The way he plays on the ice, the way he practices every day he’s been awesome for us all year long. It was well deserved he wear that (letter).”

Predators Forward Viktor Arvidsson

On the four-goal first period:

“I think we were ready from the start, from the first drop of the puck we were playing with speed and attitude and putting pucks at the net and we got rewarded.”

On the team’s success against Dallas:

“I think we have a great offensive team. We have guys that can score a lot of goals. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or something like that, but it’s good work.”

On being a 30-goal scorer in the NHL:

“It’s fun. It was a nice goal, too, to tap in there to get to thirty. I just have to keep working and being consistent.”

About Mark Stepneski

Writer for DallasStars.com, covered the Dallas Stars for ESPN Dallas from 2010-12, and founder of the defunct Andrew's Dallas Stars Page (1996-2012).
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