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Postgame quotes

12/4/2011

Here are some quotes following the Dallas Stars’ 5-4 loss to the New York Islanders Saturday.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan

“When a team is back-to-back, if you get two power play chances early and you get one it changes their mindset. We didn’t do that. I thought that was one of the keys. I thought we made a lot of mistakes, especially at the blue lines. It wasn’t so much our defensemen, but the forwards made a few mistakes tonight. It cost us goals. They executed really well when we made a mistake and that was the difference.”

“We have some resiliency, that’s not going to change for us. However, we can’t keep battling back every night to try to get in. We’ve got to play with a little sense of urgency at home. It’s a lot easier to play with the lead than it is to climb back in. It takes a lot less energy and you also get another team out of their comfort zone or they take a chance here or there when they are behind. But if you are chasing the whole game, it takes a lot of energy to play. We’ve got to come out with better starts here.”

Stars forward Eric Nystrom

“When their top line scores four goals you are going to have a tough time winning. We battled back but you can’t give any team a 3-0 lead in this league and expect to win, but we almost did.”

Stars forward Jake Dowell

“I think there are good things and bad things we can take out of this. Obviously, we’re great at coming back. We have a lot of character in the locker room and we never quit. But sometimes it’s like we’re trying to see how many goals we can come back from, and I don’t think that is a good thing to do. It’s not a fun game to play. I think we need to bear down and get ourselves the first goal.”

Islanders coach Jack Capuano on forward Matt Moulson, who scored four goals

“Yeah, guys have those nights and tonight was his night. He actually had a breakaway play on the power play too there. He works extremely hard. I thought that line really carried us tonight. It was a total team effort, there was no question but that line was real good. Your best players have got to be your best players and I thought they were real good for us.”

Capuano on if he thought Mark Fistric should have been penalized for his hit on Nino Niederreiter

“No, they’ve got a tough job to do. I don’t know if he left his feet or if he didn’t. It’s a hit. It’s part of the game and for the NHL officials to decide.”