Dallas Stars: Alain Vigneault

Postgame quotes

March, 22, 2012
Here are some postgame quotes after the Dallas Stars lost 2-1 to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan

“I didn’t think our focus was high. Our game plan at the start was to keep the pace high, stay whistle to whistle. It was on the board, we wanted to play whistle to whistle with these guys tonight. They came off an emotional game last night. We wanted to get things deep and go after them. In the first few minutes (Cory) Schneider stood the test and made some real good saves. Then we lost focus. We wanted to get involved in an extracurricular game, some of the exchanges, the penalties and the frustration level was way too high.”

Stars forward Eric Nystrom

“We’d like to go undefeated obviously, but there’s going to be games that you’re going to come out on the wrong end of, but there can’t be too many of those down the stretch. We know we’re a great team in here and we’ve got to move forward and learn from our mistakes and know we’ve got to shoot the puck a little more and go to that net and get some ugly ones and we’ll be fine.”

Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski on the shoving after the whistle

“That kind of stuff we don’t’ want to get into. We want to play whistle to whistle. It kind of ruins the flow of the game, especially against a team coming off a back-to-back. Don’t’ want to slow that game down all night, so I think we fell into that a little bit. The games are picking up physicality wise and that’s the way it goes.”

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault

“It was a real solid team effort I thought from start to finish, two teams that battled real hard. There was a lot of stuff going on the ice from whistle to whistle and a lot of stuff going on after the whistle. But we were able to get couple of goals. Unfortunately there Schneids lost his shutout on that play there but really liked our overall game.”

Canucks goalie Cory Schneider on stopping Mike Ribeiro’s penalty shot attempt

“Seeing him coming in the back end like that and I wasn’t really sure what he was going to do with it. But got him pretty tight and don’t know if he was trying to go past my blocker or through my arm, but stayed with him and made the save.”
Here's video of Stars Vernon Fiddler's imitation of an angry Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa that had Canucks coach Alain Vigneault cracking up on the bench Sunday afternoon.

Postgame quotes

February, 26, 2012
Here are some postgame quotes following the Dallas Stars’ 3-2 overtime victory over the Vancouver Canucks Sunday afternoon.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan

“I thought we stuck with it for 60 minutes, showed some resolve and got a result at the end. It’s a big win for our hockey club going down the stretch. … It gives us a belief that if we stick to our play we can compete and get results. It’s good for our confidences moving forward. “

Gulutzan on what he likes about his team right now

“Right now those players are playing for each other. That’s what I like about it. They are committed to each other. When you have that, those types of bonds, then you can have success. That’s what I like the most about what is going in that locker room right now.”

Gulutzan on if the game was a statement that the team wants to stick together with the trade deadline looming

“I think they all want to stick together. This is a real good group. I am sure no one wants to leave. I don’t know if it is a statement or not, but certainly we got going at the right time. We’ve got a lot of hockey left, almost a quarter of the season. Good for those guys. I don’t know what the trade deadline holds, but certainly with what we have and the way we are in that room, we are more than comfortable that when Brenden Morrow and Jamie Benn get back we can get ourselves where we need to get.”

Stars center Mike Ribeiro on the game-tying goal

“It was a big draw. Otter (Steve Ott) won it pretty clean, so it gives you more time to do something with it. Great heads up play from Goose (Alex Goligoski). We kind of looked at each other and it was more of a shot-pass than anything else and I was just trying to redirect it on net. I was lucky enough that it went in.”

“It was huge for us to get that first point and then to be able to win in overtime, it’s a big game for us. We know they’ve been on a long road trip, but we’ve been traveling, too. It’s been a grind and to come back against a team like that is good for us, it’s good for the confidence. Guys are doing the right things, special teams are kind of clicking now. Everyone is pushing right now and playing well.”

Stars forward Loui Eriksson on the four-game winning streak

“We have to keep building on the last couple games. We have been playing really good lately here. We just have to keep going here. Vancouver is really a good team and I thought we played really good and we got the two points, that’s the important thing.”

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault

“Well, we obviously made a couple mistakes there on the second and third goal. For the most part, I thought coming in this building where they play real tight checking hockey, you’ve got to work and take what they give you and they don’t give you a lot. We were up by a goal and in my opinion that shouldn’t have been an icing call even if you get those that go against you or your believe that they were wrong, you’ve still got to be able to make the plays. We had a face-off in our end and a couple of missed assignments. Obviously in overtime, they made a nice play but a couple of bad defensive moves on that goal.”

Jack Adams Award Finalists

April, 29, 2011
Dan Bylsma, Barry Trotz and Alain Vigneault are this season's finalists for the Jack Adams Award, which goes to the league's top coach. Here's the release from the NHL:
Dan Bylsma of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Barry Trotz of the Nashville Predators and Alain Vigneault of the Vancouver Canucks are the three finalists for the 2010-11 Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success," the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association submitted ballots for the Jack Adams Award at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 22, during the 2011 NHL Awards from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas. The 2011 NHL Awards will be broadcast by VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada.

Following are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award, in alphabetical order:

Dan Bylsma, Pittsburgh

Bylsma, a first-time Adams finalist, helped the Penguins (49-25-8) gain home-ice advantage in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third consecutive season under his direction, securing the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins earned the second-most points (106) and victories (49) in franchise history, overcoming a total of 350 man-games lost due to injury in the process. Most notable were the prolonged absences of star centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, who missed most of Pittsburgh's final 35 games. During that stretch Pittsburgh posted a 20-11-4 record for a .629 points percentage.

Barry Trotz, Nashville

Trotz guided the Predators (44-27-11) to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the sixth time in the past seven seasons, finishing fifth in the West after the most competitive Conference race in League history. The Predators again employed stingy defense and balanced scoring to finish in the West's top eight; they ranked third in the NHL in team goals-against (2.28) and had their four top scorers (Sergei Kostitsyn, Martin Erat, Patric Hornqvist and Shea Weber) separated by just two points. Trotz is an Adams nominee for the second consecutive season, finishing runner-up to Dave Tippett of the Phoenix Coyotes in 2010 voting.

Alain Vigneault, Vancouver

Vigneault led the Canucks to their finest regular season since joining the NHL in 1970-71, capturing the Presidents' Trophy as the League's top club with 117 points (54-19-9). The Canucks set single-season franchise records for most points, most victories and most road wins (27). They scored the most goals in the NHL (262), allowed the fewest (185), ranked number one in power-play percentage (24.3%) and placed third in penalty killing (85.6%). Vigneault is a third-time Adams finalist; he captured the award with Vancouver in 2007 and finished second with the Montreal Canadiens in 2000.