The Calgary Flames returned to the win column, beating the Arizona Coyotes by a 6-1 score on Sunday afternoon. Here are selected reactions from players and coaches following the game.
An offensive explosion
Sunday’s game was the fifth game this season that the Flames scored six (or more) goals, and the third time in the past week. Following the game, Flames head coach Bill Peters noted it was a team effort.
“I thought it was a good effort all the way around,” said Peters. “I thought we bounced back good from our first game on this trip. I thought Smitty was excellent in net, real solid, very calm and composed. I thought we got contributions from throughout the lineup.”
The Flames erupted for three shorthanded goals, doubling their total for the season. Forward Mark Jankowski scored the third shortie, and broke down precisely what made the team so effective at generating breakouts while a man down.
Our stands at the line when they were trying to get their entries,” said Jankowski. “We were really tight with our stands, and we created some turnovers and we got to go the other way pretty quickly. I think the good defense leads to offense there.”
Bill Peters plays through the pain
The Flames were without Peters for much of the second period after he took a puck to the face on the bench 3:37 into that period. He returned to the bench before the end of the period sporting a few stitches on his chin.
“I think it’s gonna hurt more tomorrow, right?” joked Peters. “One of those things. There’s not a lot of room out there, you’ve gotta be paying attention.”
His wound probably would’ve stung a bit more had the Flames not captured two points against a divisional opponent.