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Quips and Quotes: Flames beat Avalanche 3-2 in overtime

The Calgary Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche by a 3-2 score in overtime on Saturday night. Here are selected reactions from players following the game.

“They were playing with a lot of confidence and speed. Obviously it’s no’t the start we wanted, but I thought we responded really well, especially as the game went on. We realized we had to put pucks behind them and forecheck them and that’s what we did.” – Flames captain Mark Giordano on the team’s on-ice adjustments after a slow start.

“We definitely played better after that timeout. They came out pretty hot there in the first three, four minutes there. We knew we needed to be better. Ritter did a great job there in the back, in the net there for us. It’s tough after getting scored on twice in the first two, three minutes, to battle like he did. Great job by him. Great job by our PK killing one off late in the third there. It was a good team win.” – Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau assesses his team’s performance.

    • Jumping Jack Flash

      Full credit to Bennett for rejuvenating his own career….channeling his inner Ferland. He had the Avs looking over their shoulders all night….when is the last time a Flame put the fear of God in a team? This is how I worried that Bennett would play against us and the rest of the league…if we traded him.

  • Score When I like Nieuwendyk

    Loving that second line! Keep Tkachuk with the top line.
    Third line should be Dube-Jankowski-Lindholm. Lindholm to help the two youths he’s playing with.
    Czarnik-Ryan-Frolik continues to be a configuration for the fourth line I just keep coming back to.

    • Brian McGrattan's Salute

      I could get behind it, but I would probably switch Dube with Frolik. Either way, I would totally be down with these lines. I’m so pulling for Bennett

  • Score When I like Nieuwendyk

    Wow! Valimaki IS way better than Kulak ever was! ??

    Right now Valimaki slots perfectly as a number 5, but he will not be a number 5 defenceman for very long!

    Also, loving that twosome of Hanifin and Andersson! I think everyone on defence is slotted just right–for now!

  • Garry T

    Amazing come back in the 3rd. and O/T. There is a huge difference in Coaching style.
    The teaching/ work from Peters and the boys is far superior and a welcome observation over GG’s methodology. Steinberg, get off Benny’s back pushing rumours he is trade bait. He is playing with more authority this year and he is going to take off, not in a trade but as a Flame. Go Benny, Go Flames.

  • TKO

    Ferland has 5 pts in 5 games, and is a +6 so far
    Linholm has 6 pts in 5 games, is a -3 so far
    Hamilton has 2 assists, +1
    Hannifin has 1 pt, is even on the +/-
    I don’t care, i like Hannifin’s game overall way better that Dougie’s
    Miss Ferland – can’t fault him for anything, but Lindholm is the better all around player, and can win faceoffs like nobodies business (at 65%right now) . that said, I’d take Ferland on my team any day.

  • steeeezy

    long time reader, first time poster! I gotta say.. that was one of the best games ive seen the flames play in a long time! cant blame rittich for those early goals. Bennet was an absolute beast. Can’t wait to see whats to come! GFG!

  • Chucky

    Finally there is a coach that will let Bennett play his game. While the timeout was significant in correcting the slide, the real turning point was about 8 minutes into the second period when Bennett had two great hits and the Flames started to dominate. The next shift Bennett scores his goal on a real crash the net move. It looks to me like Bennett got Neal to pick up his game more than Backlund picked up Bennett’s game.
    It is nice to see that the young defense feel free to jump into the play and both Valimaki and Anderson have provided a pretty good case that they belong in the league. When Hamonic returns does he go to the third pair and they all play around 20 minutes a night?
    I understand the idea of shortening the bench when you are down a goal late in the third. What is baffling is that Czarnik (6 goals in 64 games 0.098 gpg) and Ryan (29 goals in 158 games 0.18 gpg) are used over Jankowski (17 goals in 76 games 0.22 gpg ), add in the assists and it looks a little better but Jankowski still has the better numbers. The other two are flashy but Jankowski is more effective.
    After about 3 minutes it was pretty easy to think that the concerns about the backup goaltending might be justified although it is hard to blame Rittich on the two goals. After 60:46 it is a little easier to believe that Rittich is a competent backup and could win more than half his starts.

    • freethe flames

      I am of the opinion on Bennett that he gets in his own way to often; everytime he plays this way he is effective; it’s when he thinks he is Johnny Hockey that his game goes to pot.

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    The only way I see this model working is if BP gives the 4 th line at least 12 min…regardless of who you put on the line they deserve this much.

    • The Beej

      Yeah thats the thing. It is a real battle for ice time right now unlike I have seen on the Flames in years.

      This is healthy and breeds a competitive team but the downside is we will likely always have at least a couple guys getting the short end of the stick ice time wise. But there is a brightside there if you have a good coach that gives more ice time to whoever the hot lines are on any given night… this optimizes ice time a little… every line has good nights and bad ones… and it can also keep your top players fresh if there are nights when guysl like Bennett and Dube can log some more minutes.

      • Jumping Jack Flash

        Agreed. However, I have not seen the top line generate a to of chances at 5v5. That could change with Tkachuk on the top line. I know we need to get our bench some playing time but I don’t agree with sitting players like Frolik or Janko. I know we won the game but, I don’t see our top line dominating at 5v5 like Boston’s and Dallas.

        I would try Janko on the top line with Johnny and Tkachuk. Janko has good chemistry with both in limited viewings and we know that Janko is capable of bringing his A game when he moved up the line up. Johnny is going to drive any line that he is on so this frees up on Monny to center a strong second line of Bennett and Lindholm.