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What they're saying: Stars break down Game 3 loss to Blues

Montgomery, Klingberg, Seguin and others react to Dallas' back-and-forth battle with St. Louis

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

Video: Montgomery shares thoughts on Stars' Game 3 loss

On whether the Stars relaxed after evening the score 3-3:

"I didn't sense that. It was a great playoff game. It was back and forth with both teams giving what they had, I just thought the Blues did a better job of possessing pucks in the offensive zone than we did and that led to us making mistakes because we had to defend a lot."

 

On whether St. Louis played a smarter game than the Stars:

"Smarter, more determined, their second guy was on top of pucks quicker than our second guy. It goes hand-in-hand."

 

On if Dallas learned from their experience in the First Round:

"We always preach getting better in the series and we've got to continue to do that. It helped us last series but we've got to do the work to get better."

 

On whether the Stars failed to improve tonight:

"I think we won the special teams battle. I liked our penalty kill and I liked our power play but five-on-five is how you're going to win the game and that's the area of the game that we need to improve upon."

 

On the Faksa line:

"I thought the Faska line was one of our better lines at possessing in the offensive zone. I'm not going strictly on matchups as [Ryan] O'Reilly played 19 minutes and Faksa's line played about 13, so I'm not matching lines directly. It's more where the faceoffs are and who I think is going to win the draws for possession."

 

On defending St. Louis' Pat Maroon line:

"It didn't matter who we put out against that line, they seemed to have their way with us. We've got to do a better job taking away time and space and we've got to have our second layer there quicker. Which means when they move it and we're able to get pressure on the puck we've got to have someone come in there to win that loose puck battle."

 

On the Stars' power play:

"I thought we had good movement off of it. The shots didn't get through but we were looking to shoot. They did a good job of getting in shot lanes but I liked our attitude and our work ethic."

 

Stars forward Tyler Seguin

Video: Seguin says Stars were 'outworked' in Game 3 defeat

On the Stars' resilience throughout the game:

"I thought the last 20 [minutes], for sure, was better by us, but we got outworked tonight and they [St. Louis] were the better team. They deserved to win."

 

On why the Stars got outworked tonight:

"They won more battles. They were a more desperate team, and we are going to respond."

 

On the pass made my Miro Heiskanen to setup his goal and if he's come to expect passes like that:

"The second time, yeah, the first time - in the second [period] - he gave me the same thing and I didn't see it, but I should have been expecting it because he makes those plays every game. Heck of a player."

 

On bouncing back after this loss:

"We were here about a week and a half ago and it's the same kind of story, so we are pretty excited to respond and take tomorrow to regroup and come back with a better effort."

 

On if he sees parallels between this Game 3 and Game 3 versus Nashville:

"I don't know, I guess. I think right now a lot of it is emotions, as well. Don't get too high; don't get too low. It's talked about all the time in playoffs. We're not going to get too low after this one.". They are a heck of a hockey team over there. It's not going to be easy, but they have the advantage now and we have to come out and respond on home ice next game."

 

Stars defenseman John Klingberg

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On if there are positives the Stars can take out of this loss:

"We are going to look at what we did good and what we can do better in this game and move on and try to be better in the next game, but, obviously, we showed some character coming back in this game."

 

On the emotions of the game and if his team can move past this quickly:

"Yes, I mean, they are playing their hearts out, too. I think both teams really tried to make a difference out there today. It was a wild third period, but if we look at ourselves here we showed some character coming back in the game two or three times. You just have to stay even keel. There are going to be ups and downs through this whole series and they are a good team we are playing and I think they have been spending some time the last few days watching some video and trying to figure out what they can do better as well."

 

On if the adversity the Blues have gone through make them a better team late in games:

"Yeah, but I think they have veterans over there, too, that know how to play the game and shut down the game, so I think they are dealing with ups and downs through this season as well. They have been finding ways to win games and we found a way to get back in the game today. Obviously, it is a tough one, but we are just going to have to move on and try to be better the next game."

 

On the power play tonight:

"It can be better, but we still got one. We want to create every time we are out there and that's what they want to do, too. They [St. Louis] are just tough to score goals on the power play nowadays, but I think you can create momentum and that is what we have to do when we get out there [on the power play]."

 

Stars forward Andrew Cogliano

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On his goal:

"It worked out well, it was a big goal at the time. But at the end of the day, we lost."

 

On if the ebbs and flows of the game makes it harder to take:

"It's obviously difficult, this is what playoffs is about. You put a lot into the game and there's times when you win and feel really good, and there's times when you lose and it's a bad feeling. I think tonight, you think about what you can do better and you think about the game. After that, you park it and think about the next one, and that's all you can do in the playoffs. I thought, overall, they were the better team. It was close at the end and we kept tying it, but when a team plays better most of the night, they usually win."

 

On the difficulty of changing style of play after tying the game:

"If we have to learn from anything, it's finding ways to push back after that goal. You get the tying goal and you need to find ways to continue to push. It's tough, it's not an easy thing to do, but that's what makes really good teams. You get that goal, continue the momentum and carry it on and find a way to look for the next one. I thought they did a really good job after those goals. They came right back at us and forced us to play in our end, and that was the difference in the game."

 

Stars forward Jason Spezza

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On ebbs and flows of the game:

"Obviously, with the amount of times we came back, it's frustrating to lose at the end like that. That probably wasn't our best game we could play, but we saw the chance to win. We have to watch it, regroup, and get ready for the next one."

 

On takeaways from the third-period push:

"It was a good push, I thought we did a better job of finding our game and getting sustained pressure on them. We made some good plays for the goals."

 

On if the Stars got outworked:

"I don't know I would categorize it as that, but I think we know we can play better. At this time of year, everyone is working hard. I think that we can play a better game than we played, we can play a more complete game than we played, and we can find our game quicker than we did tonight. Saying all that, we still had a chance to win the game and we know this is going to be a tight, long, drawn out series. The next game becomes an important one for us now."

 

On if there are parallels between last series and this one:

"No, it's a new series. Every series, every game is a different storyline. That was the story for us tonight and it just happened to be the same as last series. I think every series kind of takes its own shape."

 

Fast facts from Game 3
  • Right wing Alexander Radulov tallied a power play goal (1-0=1) for his fifth goal of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Radulov now has potted two power play goals in the 2019 playoffs, setting a career-high for most power play goals in a postseason. In nine playoff games, he has shares the team-lead with seven points (5-2=7). The forward now has points in all four of his postseason contests at American Airlines Center (2-2=4).

Video: STL@DAL, Gm3: Radulov roofs feed from Spezza for PPG

  • Forward Mats Zuccarello posted a helper (0-1=1) and has inked the scoresheet in career-best three consecutive postseason games (0-4=4). He has skated in all nine of the club's postseason games and has posted seven points (3-4=7).

  • Center Tyler Seguin potted a goal (1-0=1) and now has points in all four postseason contests at American Airlines Center (2-2=4). Seguin has skated in nine Stanley Cup Playoff games and has registered seven points (3-4=7).

Video: STL@DAL, Gm3: Seguin buries Heiskanen's great feed

  • Left wing Andrew Cogliano lit the lamp (1-0=1) in the third period on Monday night against the Blues. Cogliano now has recorded two goals (2-0=2) in nine Stanley Cup Playoff games. Cogliano is one of just three NHL players to have recorded a playoff goal in each of the last six Stanley Cup Playoffs, along with Washington's T.J Oshie and Vegas' Paul Stastny.

  • Center Jason Spezza registered an assist (0-1=1) and has points in two of his last three postseason contests (1-1=2). The native of Toronto, Ontario has recorded three points (1-2=3) in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games.

  • Defenseman Miro Heiskanen registered an assist (0-1=1) and has points in back-to-back games (1-1=2). The rookie has tallied four points (2-2=4) in nine postseason contests.

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