Here are some postgame quotes following the Dallas Stars’ 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night.
Stars coach Glen Gulutzan
“We were lucky to get out of second, Richard Bachman kept us in. Our leadership group took a stand between the second and third, and we got going.”
“We’re all looking for that run at this time of the year, but the reality is it is very tough. But picking up two points whenever you can get them, especially in a tough building like this, is good. Now we’ve got to win at home.”
Stars forward Michael Ryder
“We know that we didn’t have many shots generated going into the third. We were still in the game, we just had to make sure that we got more pucks to the net and stepped our game up. We knew we had to play a hard 20 and we did that. We threw pucks at the net and got some traffic.”
Stars goaltender Richard Bachman
“It was nice to get back in there and see some action. I felt pretty calm there for a crazy environment. It was a great game and felt solid.”
Stars forward Loui Eriksson
“We got a big goal from Otter (Steve Ott) and we just coming after that. We got the lead there in the end and it was two real big points. … We've got to keep building here.”
Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville
“Tough, tough, tough. Brutal. Ten minutes to go and we had a couple chances to get that puck out off of one draw, and then still got five minutes to go to get it to overtime and another one, we go against the grain again, and it’s another tip. It’s an amazing race when you look at all the teams that are in the mix there, the standings change on a day-to-day basis. That’s why these points tonight were very valuable. You can look and say we gave them away, we didn’t let them earn them the way we have to. Some games are going to be tough games, but I thought tonight we didn’t do enough to deserve the win, and it was there, it was right in our hands and we let it get away."