After a 3-2 loss in Game 6 to the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, the Dallas Stars got a bit more motivated to make up ground in the Western Conference playoff race.
General manager Jim Nill said he expects the team to have at least one of its top six forwards on the ice by the end of the week.
“It feels good to have the top six players back.
I don’t know if that’s going to happen.
I feel like we have all the pieces and hopefully we can get some good momentum going,” Nill told reporters on Tuesday.”
We’ve got some good guys back, a young core of players and some good pieces, so we’re going to get a lot of opportunities and hopefully get some goals.””
Hopefully we can be better, and hopefully, at the end, we can make it.”
The Stars had a two-game winning streak snapped in their third game of the playoffs, losing Game 7 to the Wild, 3-1, on Saturday night at American Airlines Center.
They were outshot 34-16 in the final three minutes, including 12-2 on the power play.
“I think we were the better team,” Nillo said.
“It’s just that we didn’t have the puck the whole game, we weren’t aggressive and we didn, in a lot, not execute the way we wanted to.
I thought we were a little too aggressive in our zone.””
We just need to take the puck away from them, we need to get in their heads and just play our game and make it tough for them,” said forward Brett Ritchie.
“When we do that, it’s going a long way in the end.”
With that said, it wasn’t a perfect game for Dallas.
The Stars outshot the Wild 12-4, with six shots on goal and two on net, and had a five-on-three advantage on the penalty kill.
“When you get the puck, you have to get out of your zone, you’ve got to make plays.
You’ve got no choice but to get that puck out of there and we got some big guys on the back end that just need that puck,” Nell said.”
They’re not scoring as many goals and they’re not making as many plays as we need them to.””
But when we make plays, they’ve got one thing in mind,” Nillin added.
“They want to score, and they want to put the puck in the net, too.”
“They have some guys who want to get the job done, too,” Ritchie said.