Postgame quotes

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.”