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'We just kept pushing': Stars react to wild Game 4 win over Blues

Montgomery, Benn, Bishop and others give their thoughts on Dallas' series-tying victory over St. Louis

by Staff Report @DallasStars / DallasStars.com
Stars head coach Jim Montgomery

Video: Montgomery on Stars' 'desperation' in Game 4 triumph

On tonight's game versus Game 3:

"I just thought we skated and competed a lot better. I think that was first and foremost and we put them on their heels because of it."

 

On desperation:

"It's easier to have desperation or more desire and passion when you're behind. I thought in the first game of the series that we out-executed them but they had more effort, then it switched and they out executed but we had more effort. Then they were the better five-on-five team and tonight we switched it."

 

On the penalties late in the second period:

"I didn't think our goalie had anything to it. I thought they lost a little bit of their emotional control but they played well in the third period and regrouped well. They're a good hockey team."

 

On team accepting changes in the lines:

"I guess we started to see the building blocks of consistence in February. The switching the lines, and them rolling with it, I had given them advance warning that I like to switch lines. I never heard a player complain and they all rolled with it. Now, because we've done it all year, they just assimilate with whoever they're playing with."

 

On getting traffic in front of the net:

"I think us getting better throughout the series and winning the battle of the net front which we didn't win twice in the first three games, we won tonight. It's got to be an area of focus that we continue to get better at."

 

On the speed of Hintz and Radulov:

"Hintz's speed is at another level. It puts everybody on their heels and brings our fans out of their seats. I thought everybody skated well tonight and that's the best I've seen Tyler Seguin skate all year. He dove wide on [Alex] Pietrangelo and took it to the net. It was everyone, Dickinson, Faksa was huge force tonight along with Comeau and Cogliano. The Dowling line had been really good. Everybody was skating, we were on our toes tonight and we were going. We were competing and we were fighting."

 

On playing loose with the lead:

"I thought we were playing loose and hard right from the start. They got the power play goal but we just kept going right back at them and tied it by the end of the first. We pushed in the second to extend that lead and we just kept pushing."

 

On the play of Joel Hanley:

"I thought we was excellent. I thought he separated people from pucks and used his quickness to get back to pucks and made really good breakouts. He was poised at the offensive blue line, didn't force anything, managed the game really well and helped us."

 

On the play of Tyler Pitlick:

"He brought a lot of speed and drove wide on their D-men. That's the best part of his game and he did it a lot tonight."

 

On the Stars not getting too high or too low:

"It starts with our Captain, he's a pretty even-keeled person. He doesn't get rattled by much. The other leaders have done a really good job. Jason Spezza does a really good job of calming the room down with that veteran presence. You have guys like Cogliano and Polak -- Roman is always joking around so it keeps us loose. Zuccarello had been great like that too. He turned around and told me, 'Coach we're up 4-1, we're having fun, relax' at some point in the second period. "

 

On the Ben Bishop responding after the periods at the end of the second period:

"I thought he was really good and I thought his third period was his best period. It had to be his best period, Bish did a great job."

 

On the intensity escalating in the series:

"I think next game we start fresh. I don't think there is carryover from one game to another. I don't think it really exists. We start the first period and the team that starts asserting their will first will be the team that takes advantage of the first period anyway."

 

Stars captain Jamie Benn

Video: STL@DAL, Gm4: Benn on defeating the Blues in Game 4

On tying the series 2-2:

"Yeah, I think we had a much better effort tonight. [Ben Bishop] was solid in the net and if you play hard and play the right way you get good results."

 

On building on this win:

"It just comes down to hard work really. Like I said, if you play hard and play the right way, we are going to get a good result. We didn't dwell on Game 3 and we were looking forward to today and it was a big win for us."

 

On the comfort of playing with the lead at home for the first time in this series:

"Every game is different. We just need to stick with it right until the end. We are going to be down, we are going to be up, and we are going to be tied. It doesn't matter as long as we keep pushing."

 

On the pass to setup Roope Hintz's goal:

"It was hard not to pass to him. He is so fast, and he got open, so why not give it to him."

 

Stars goaltender Ben Bishop

Video: Bishop discusses physical Game 4 win over Blues

On if the Blues were trying to get under his skin:

"I mean that's part of the playoffs. Not really too worried about it. That happens. Obviously, a series can get emotional. Like I said, it's a good win."

 

On Miro Heiskanen and John Klingberg:

"They're great players and they've showed it all year. They haven't changed in the playoffs. They're good players and they're going to be good players in this league for a long time. I'm glad they're on my team."

 

On if the emotion is getting dialed up in the series:

"I think it gets built up the more you go in the playoffs. Each round it gets more emotional. I thought we did a good job tonight. We came out and we played a good game. We were able to get the lead and extend it and then hold onto it. Obviously, it's a big win. Get ready for the next game now."

 
Stars defenseman John Klingberg

Video: Klingberg discusses positives of Stars' Game 4 win

On the lineup adjustments before tonight's game:

"I think a lot of forwards have played with a lot of different forwards this year. It's been a lot of different combinations. We all know each other very good. It doesn't matter who you play with. The top two lines are always kind of the same players and they know each other pretty good right now."

 

On the team's consistency bouncing back this season:

"I think that's something we learned throughout the year. It's a 60-minute game, whatever happens we keep going shift after shift. Especially here in the playoffs, I think we're doing a really good job of staying in the moment. Just taking game by game. We were down one game to Nashville, too, came back 2-2. That was the goal today and we stayed with it all game."

 

On playing with desperation:

"It's a lot easier going to St. Louis now 2-2 than going there 1-3. We felt like we really needed a win today but were still focused on what we talked about - our process - all the time. If we didn't do the right things out there, we did some adjustments from Game 3 and it seemed to work today."

 

Stars forward Jason Spezza

Video: STL@DAL, Gm4: Spezza hammers PPG past Binnington

On having that kind of moment:

"You want to play this time of year. It's a fun time to play hockey and you keep yourself prepared for moments like this. Once you get in you won't want to get out."

 

On if he thinks about his recent journey:

"No, the way to stay focused is to take it a day at a time and to put the work in. This time you can't get caught up in the roller coaster of emotions. You just have to come to work everyday and that's for the team, that's for the individuals, that's for everybody. That's why experience pays off this time of year. I've lived through those things before and I've lived through long series. That's what you try to share with the guys."

 

On if experience is the X-factor through the highs and the low of emotions:

"I think it helps. You have to live through things to understand them. When you go through a playoff run there's highs and lows and it's emotionally draining. It's important that on the off days you recharge and are ready to go for the next game. For me there's not a lot of momentum that travels to game-to-game. It's a lot of refocusing and getting yourself ready to go, then getting yourself emotionally up for game time."

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