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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Postgame quotes

By Mark Stepneski

Here are some postgame quotes following the Dallas Stars’ 3-2 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Kings at American Airlines Center.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan on Mike Ribeiro taking a big hit from Jack Johnson to help set up the game-winning goal:

“He took a real good one for the team. They say you’ve got to take a hit to make a play and he did. Not only that, but he was great defensively that shift. He took a big hit, I don’t know if he knew that we scored. But he tells me already that he is fine. He’s a tough, tough customer.”

Stars associate coach Willie Desjardins, who drew up the play that led to the game-tying goal with 20.3 seconds left in the game:

“Sometimes you get lucky. You draw up lots of plays and some work and some don’t. We got a break on it, but our guys executed. If you don’t execute, you don’t get it. (Jamie) Benn made a real good pass and Loui (Eriksson) buried it. The play is not a very big part, it’s just executing. Otter (Steve Ott) had to do what he did on the draw.”

Stars forward Steve Ott on the win:

“We stuck with it. The game plan coming in was pretty well taken care of throughout the whole 60 minutes. The unfortunate part is that we were down 2-0, so we had to come back from a little bit of a hole. But we stuck with it the whole 60. I think we outchanced them a lot tonight and the final result was probably the proper result.”

Star defenseman Stephane Robidas on the win:

“We kept playing the same way. We didn’t start cheating the game. Frustration didn’t creep into our game. We had a lot of chances that didn’t go in. Our coach told us that’s why you play 60 minutes. It’s not 40, you don’t win the game in the first period. That’s exactly what happened tonight.”