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What they're saying: Stars react to overtime loss in Game 2

Montgomery, Seguin and Bishop give their thoughts following Nashville's 2-1 win to even the series at one game apiece

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

Video: Montgomery says Stars must win more battles to puck

On the Dallas power play…

"You go zero for six, you get a couple of good chances. But you've got to come through."

 

On what Dallas needs to change on the power play…

"We need to think shot first. I thought we were all looking for the next play instead of looking to score, and that's power play but also 5-on-5. I thought we passed up too many shots."

 

On the Stars performance tonight, which resulted in them giving up a potential 2-0 lead in the series…

"You know, I don't look at the two games, I look at the games individually. We knew we were going to get Nashville's best and we did. They were the better team tonight, and if probably not for (Ben) Bishop, we're not in overtime. So we've got to come back, and we will. We'll be better."

 

On how the Stars can adjust moving forward…

"We've got to execute better on the icing. They pressured us really well, they were on top of us and that forced icings. We've got to win sprints and battles to walls and have plays underneath and support to the puck."

 

On the Stars limiting the Predators' quality chances…

"I don't think they had that many, but they had more than us. And that's what matters. They got to the net front. The winning goal is a perfect example. I don't know if I ever saw us have an opportunity like that all night 5-on-5."

 

Stars center Tyler Seguin

Video: Seguin, Stars turning page on tough Game 2 loss

On if you have to expect a grind in the Playoffs…

"Yeah, obviously, playoff hockey game there. We kind of expected it with the two teams, defensive-first teams. It was a grind game. It was hard, compete game. We'll move on pretty quickly here. Excited to get back home."

 

On if there is a patience you have to have in games like this one…

"Yeah, which we had tonight. We had a lot. Now we're going to move on from this game just as quick as we moved on from winning the last game. This is a seven-game series here. We came into Nashville wanting to get one, wanting to steal one as you do on the road. We did that, so we're excited to get home and play in front of our fans."

 

On if he thinks Nashville's shot quality was about equal to the number of shots the Preds had…

"It's fair to say. We've done a pretty good job at keeping them from the perimeter. We're expecting, maybe, a little different game now that we're going home. We're going to have the juices going for sure. At the end of the day, I thought we played good road hockey here in this quick two-game trip. We're excited to get home."

 

On if he feels confident that they're scoring chances are going to go in sometime…

"We had some good looks, all of us. They're going to start going in. Like I said, we're going to move on from this one, just like we did the last one, pretty quickly here. Excited to get back home."

 

Stars goaltender Ben Bishop

Video: Bishop reacts to Stars' gritty OT loss in Game 2

On if hockey is all about grinding goals like the overtime goal tonight…

"I haven't seen it yet, I never saw it, so I have no idea. It's an opportunity we missed. We got a win here in the first game, so we'll just get home now and worry about Game 3. We had a chance. We played pretty good tonight. Obviously, when it goes into overtime it's anybody's game. Unfortunately, they got it."

 

On if the quality of Nashville's shots equaled the number of shots the Preds took…

"I have to go back and watch it. I thought it was a back and forth game. Lots of power plays, a lot of penalty kills. When it goes into overtime it becomes anyone's game. I thought both special teams played well, both penalty kills played well. Like I said, it was an opportunity missed. We have to get ready for Game 3."

 

On if this is a game you have to grind out…

"That's the playoffs. You want to limit the icings, but that's playoff hockey. It's not obviously open like the regular season. Everybody finishes checks, everybody's going 110 percent. It's not going to be that up-and-down style that you're used to. Everybody's going 110 percent and that's usually kind of what you get."

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