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Quips and Quotes: Flames beat Penguins 5-4

The Calgary Flames beat the Pittsburgh Penguins by a 5-4 score on Saturday afternoon. Here are selected reactions from players and coaches following the game.

Pittsburgh makes it close, but Flames get two points

The Flames didn’t dominate by any stretch, but they were pretty good against the Penguins. Aside from a heck of a game for Pittsburgh’s special teams, the Flames did a good job generating chances.

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“Their specialty teams gave them momentum,” said Flames head coach Bill Peters. “We were up going into the third and they had a big kill and the two big power play goals to get it within one. Give them some credit with their specialty teams. And then I thought the guys settled in a little bit and did a good job, for the most part, and some young guys got some experience, played in situations that they haven’t played in a lot of this year.”

The 2018-19 Flames aren’t a particularly fighty bunch, but they engaged in a pair of scraps following some plays that many could interpret as predatory or dirty. Peters noted that he didn’t like Marcus Pettersson’s hit on Austin Czarnik, but liked Sam Bennett’s physical response. He also liked rookie Rasmus Andersson duking it out with Jared McCann in response to McCann’s cross-check on Mark Giordano at the end of the second period.

The road trip

Esteemed songwriter Meat Loaf once wrote “two out of three ain’t bad.” The Flames finish off a four game road trip with a 1-1-2 record. Rather than focus on the single win in four games, Peters reflected on some of the positives.

We didn’t love our trip, to be honest with you, but we got points in three out of the four games and finished .500. And did well with three of the last possible four. We were just talking about it, too: had a chance in overtime in Vancouver, rattled the crossbar, right, and then we had a two-on-one and a three-on-one in overtime in Florida, too. We’d like to get our game dialed up a little bit better and a little more consistent across the board, and that’s what we’ll strive towards coming to the finish line here.

The Flames have 24 games left in the regular season.

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  • Garry T

    The Flames would be well served to do three things rather than deviating from the team rebuild plan.

    1 they let offensive players get in behind their D and those O players obstruct and distract the goalie, Tip ins and deflections result. The goalie needs to advise the D the O guy(s) are there and clear them away immediately. That will cut down on goals against. All of our losses since the break have been as a result of not clearing the crease.
    2. Rather than giving away too much at the deadline, I would bring up Rychel, Foo and both the Russian and Swedish defencemen. Lazar and Rychel give us size and scoring
    And would be great with Jankowski or Ryan.

    3. I know we have suffered at the draft table of late and the Last draft was in some ways a disaster not picking until 105. I would try to get a couple of picks back this year. If not there is still the option of free agent and over age juniors that could be signed. Vancouver, LA, Philly and other teams have done well going that route. Greater
    Focus is required to re-build the Stockton club and thus the Flames.

    Clearing the net and standing up at the blue line harassing entry will make a big difference to our win column and points totals. Go hard against Arizona. They are not an easy touch!

    I think if they cannot get a Hayes or Dzingel, stick with our AHL team and get to know what we have better.

  • freethe flames

    The Flames sit in a first place tie in the West and therefore first place tie in the Pacific with the Sharks and it looks like this race will go down to the wire. We have a game in hand. We are 9 points up on the 3rd place Knights with 2 games in hand. The question is would you rather play Vegas or a wild card team; I see St L has now moved into 3rd in the central. Dallas, Wild, or Knights.