Jaromir Jagr and the Stars talk 2-0 win over the Kings

Flash quotes from the Dallas Stars locker room after their 2-0 win over the LA Kings on Thursday night…

Brenden Morrow on the overall game: “A lot lies on our goaltender’s shoulders, he was big for us. Special teams, they got a great power play, threw a lot of pucks at the net, and he was huge there. And then our experience, I guess. Our veterans stepped up and got a couple for us.”

– Morrow on two 40-year old guys getting the goals: “You see the work they both put in. I was doing spin class with Whitney all lockout, and I see how hard that little bastard works. So, I know he’s got a lot left in the tank, and I think everyone reads what’s written about Jags and his work ethic – his late night workouts. So those guys have got a lot of drive in them, and in these back-to-backs we needed somebody to step up, and they were there for us.”

Ray Whitney on two 40-year old guys leading the way: “Well, two 40-year olds score the goals, but I don’t know if we lead the way. I think the guy in net was really the guy who lead the way tonight. You know, back-to-back, traveling last night from Denver. We didn’t seem to have a lot of energy in us, a lot of pace to our game. But, I thought defensively – they got a lot of shots. But I don’t think a lot of them were, you know, a lot of back doors and stuff like that. We kept the shots to the outside as best we could. When you got a goaltender like Lehtonen – I think every team that’s going to have success has to have a goalie that’s capable of doing that. When he’s playing like that we win. Unfortunately if he doesn’t play like that, we gotta work a little harder.”

– Whitney on his goal: “I’m not sure where it went in, if it was above or under him. He (Jonathan Quick) is fast, for sure. He anticipates the play really well. So I wasn’t really trying to pick a corner or anything; I was trying to hit the net. I guess I was fortunate that he didn’t get it.”

Jaromir Jagr on his goal: “I was thinking ‘Beat two guys and top shelf.’ Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t.”

Jagr on Lehtonen’s performance: “He was okay. He didn’t have a practice this morning, so we wanted to give him some extra shot. (Laughs) So he doesn’t have to work out after the game, because he had a work out during the game. That was our plan, and it worked. Not all the time, but today it did…Kari was just fantastic and gave us a chance in the third period (when) we started to settle down and play a little better.”

Jagr on the importance of getting through the second period: “Wasn’t fun. I don’t think I touched the puck once. But you know, you’re playing champions. We didn’t play very well lately. So I kind of knew this might happen.”

Kari Lehtonen on the overall game: “It started well. I got a couple of good saves and that carried the whole game. They had a lot of chances but sometimes you get lucky and sometimes you don’t. It was nice to get those bounces tonight. It was huge the defense limited second chances. Our penalty kill did a great job too. It was a complete road effort. We had a little bit of a hard time but we hung in there and got those two goals.”

Coach Glen Gulutzan: “This was one your goalie comes and gets you. Saves you in the first 40 and then I thought we picked up in the last 20. Certainly Kari kept us in. We came out in the end. For us it was back-to-back and in back-to-backs you need your goalie to be good and ours was; he was our best player tonight.”

More from Gulutzan: “Usually in these games if you can weather the storm and keep it 0-0 at some point the tide will change. The goalie kept us in there and I knew we would get our legs going in the third because you are in a position to have success and you get a little jump from that. I thought defensively, we had a lot of chances against us. They weren’t penetrating as much as one would think.”

We’ll have more up later today from some one-on-one chats with Morrow (where we’ll talk about the trade deadline) and with Whitney (about young players and what’s wrong with the NHL today).  Until then, check out what the Kings had to say about the game…

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