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Quips and Quotes: Flames beat Senators 2-1

The Calgary Flames beat the Ottawa Senators by a 2-1 score on Sunday night. Here are selected reactions from players and coaches following the game.

The scrappy Sens give them a scare

Let’s be honest, friends: the Senators are a bad team. But they’re also a team that’s jettisoning the players that won’t be around for their future, and the fact that their team is full of young guys that don’t give a damn makes them dangerous.

The Senators hung in there against the Flames, largely due to their goaltender, and gave the Flames a run for their money.

“They played well,” said Flames head coach Bill Peters. “They played very hard. You knew they were going to do that, young guys excited about being up, being in the NHL. I thought they did a good job. They defended well. We turned some pucks over and they were able to counter on that and generate some offense.”

Consistency in rule interpretation

Matthew Tkachuk scored in the first period and had his goal disallowed after a challenge. Bobby Ryan scored in the third period and had his goal disallowed after a challenge. Based upon the rationale for tossing out Tkachuk’s goal, Peters decided to challenge Ryan’s.

“Those were identical plays, basically, right?” said Peters. “I was confident on the challenge, obviously. If ours was no good I didn’t think that was going to be any good either.”

The NHL provided identical explanations for tossing out the goals, which was nice to see:

  • “After reviewing all available replays and consulting with the Referee, the Situation Room determined that Tkachuk impaired Anderson from freezing the puck in the crease and pushed his glove with the puck into the net.”
  • “After reviewing all available replays and consulting with the Referee, the Situation Room determined that Ryan impaired Rittich from freezing the puck in the crease and pushed his glove with the puck into the net.”

Czarnik does it again

Austin Czarnik hasn’t played a ton this year, predominantly due to the fact that Peters wants to play him on his natural right side and because the Flames have right side depth in Elias Lindholm, Michael Frolik, Garnet Hathaway and James Neal.

But in five games playing in Neal’s third line spot, Czarnik has been superb – and clutch. He has four goals, with three game-winners (including the deciding goal against Ottawa). Given that the team recalled him, it was probable that the plan was to put Curtis Lazar into the lineup at some point. But Czarnik has been good enough in his role that he’s made it virtually impossible for the coaching staff to take him out.

    • everton fc

      Yes. He’s found confidence, through good, patient, and probably fair coaching. He’s beginning to play the way the team, and the coaching staff, need him to play. He can adapt and adjust, which is good, because he has speed, which helps his game.

  • Off the wall

    What the refs should really say,
    “ Upon further review, it’s been determined that we don’t know what constitutes a real goal, therefore we will signal good goal on the ice, then reverse it for no good reason”

    “Everyone loses their timeout”

  • buts

    Czarnik is playing unreal and seizing the opportunity. It’s BT showtime boys and girls. Time to go all in. Don’t blow this BT, we have a team that is a true cup contender but missing playoff experience, toughness, grit and clutch goaltending. Now don’t mortgage the future buts use your smarts and get us the missing pieces…..If possible. ? GFG

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    Monny really has me worried, he has gone silent before but his linemates were not being impacted. He is not creating anything as a Center on the top line 5v5. I would like to see Monny and Janko switched for a game.

  • Jourflamesfan

     Nyquist to Sharks for a 2nd and conditional 3rd

    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie
    DET has asked Gustav Nyquist to waive his NTC to facilitate a trade to SJ. Nyquist is apparently willing to do so, which would pave the way for DET and SJ to finalize/formalize this transaction.

    Pierre LeBrun @PierreVLeBrun
    Trade call hasn’t happened yet but I’m told two draft picks going from San Jose to Detroit if the deal is approved.

    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger
    2nd in 19
    3rd in 20 is a conditional

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    I am more open to Hayessi ce he has great chemistry with Johnny. My only concern is that Hayes is soft and has never been a grinding playoff type player that we need. On the other hand Simmonds was the perfect fit a few years ago. Who is a better fit for us against a first round opponent? I am leaning towards Hayes and maybe Clifford.

  • Off the wall

    Something occurred to me today.

    If a DOG is man’s best friend and a woman’s best friend is a DIAMOND, why aren’t there female GM’s in the NHL?

    Our salary cap wouldn’t be an issue. They obviously know the value of money ?

    • b

      What’s the concern in terms of Simmonds as a rental? Plays tough, right shot, right wing, perpetual 20-30 goal scorer (on track for 20 again this year). The parallels with what the flames wanted from Neal are uncanny…

      So has he slowed down? Not a fit with the speed of the flames? I don’t see enough flyers games…

      • How's She Goin'

        Simmonds has definitely lost a step but I would welcome him for the right price. Still has scoring touch especially on the power play, adds much needed grit to allow our smaller guys to play “bigger” and is a great character guy in the room. Price must be right though….

    • everton fc

      What’s the “right price”, for Ferland? I can’t see the ‘Canes humbly trading him back to us. I could see him moved to a team like the Bruins – but the ‘Canes may want to punt Ferland out of their conference, which would be the wise move.

      • How's She Goin'

        I like Ferly, but the problem is you have to play him with guys like Johnny and Monny in order to get any production out of him and I think Lindholm or Tkachuk on the top line are better options.

  • everton fc

    Czarnik already has more value than Neal, on this team. That 3rd line is getting points. Putting Neal back in slows it down. The best move BT can make today is somehow moving Neal. I know it won’t happen, but it’d be a good move, though the 3rd line was begging to pop a bit, with Neal on RW.

    Neal has 1 goal/6 assists in 2019. Czarnik has 4 goals in February, alone. Neal is also -10, for the season. He was -11 on a very good Vegas team the year before, and -10 with a very good Nashville team the year prior. BT should really try to move this guy, today. I’d be happy if that was all we accomplished today. But I know it’s a “pipe dream”.