Here are some postgame quotes after Friday's game that saw the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Dallas Stars 3-1.
Stars coach Glen Gulutzan
“We were outplayed tonight from the start of the game. … “We were stale in the first ten minutes. We weren’t skating, we weren’t moving our feet. I thought our D were stagnant. It took us a while to get going. … I think that was the key, we just didn’t come out and establish our game. Give them credit, they came out and played the way they wanted to play.”
“We knew we had to stay away from that penalty kill tonight, but every time we turned around we were in the box. If you are going against a 22 or 23 percent power play, our plan was to keep our penalties to under three or four. We didn’t.”
“Tonight we got outworked and I don’t want to see that happen tomorrow night. Going into Detroit we want to make sure we are ready and playing our game. The results are going to take care of themselves. We can’t get outworked two nights in a row. Coming into these Washington, Pittsburgh, Detroit games this was a good measuring stick for us. We still have a ways to go, but we’re not that far off."
Stars forward Eric Nystrom
“We just didn’t have the jump we normally do. We were kind of straight-legged quite a bit, couldn’t get in on the forecheck. When those guys have time to make plays they are going to make it every single time. We just had a tough time getting our legs going tonight. Those nights happen and it’s disappointing because you’re on a stage like that with a chance to show your best and play your best. That’s the most disappointing thing because we know we are a lot better team than that. It’s just one of those nights.”
Penguins forward James Neal
"They were coming in here being a top team. It was a test for us. It was a test for them. It feels good to be able to come out on top."
“It’s always nice to get it against your former team. The main thing is us playing a top team and beating them. They came in here to play us hard and we came back and played a great game ourselves.”