The Calgary Flames lost to the Winnipeg Jets by a 2-1 score on Saturday night. Here are selected reactions from players and coaches following the game.
A loss by a tiny, tiny margin
The Flames played on Friday, flew to Winnipeg (losing an hour in the air), and played an early game without two of their top nine forwards (Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett). Despite all this, they out-shot and out-chanced the Central Division-leading Jets.
The big takeaway for the Flames in their post-game scrums seemed more “Man, these games are gonna be tight-checking in the playoffs” more than “Aw man, we let one get away.”
“The little details matter,” said Flames forward Mark Jankowski, their lone goal-scorer. “They matter so much this time of year. Every game is going to be like this. They’re all playoff type atmosphere, payoff type games. So you’ve got to be really detailed. One mistake could be in the back of your net and that could cost you. With not a lot of chances going either way. I just think you have to be so detailed in all the little things. They matter a lot this time of year.”
#Flames coach Bill Peters after tight-checking 2-1 loss in Winnipeg: “That’s what it is all about — you find out about your team, you find out about your guys. I liked a lot of the things that we did here tonight. I liked our push.”
— Wes Gilbertson (@WesGilbertson) March 17, 2019
Michael Stone returns (for two periods, at least)
After missing a lot of time due to a blood clot, Stone played his first NHL game in roughly four months – and got to play a game in his hometown. Stone suited up for 10 shifts, all at even strength, and played with a mixture of Noah Hanifin, Mark Giordano and Oscar Fantenberg.
Stone saw zero action in the third period, as Flames head coach Bill Peters shortened his bench in an effort to draw even – he used nine forwards and six blueliners primarily, as he did against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. Garnet Hathaway and Alan Quine were used sparingly in the third as a result.
Stone played 6:27 and was just fine in limited usage.