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Quips and Quotes: Flames beat Canucks 3-1

The Calgary Flames beat the Vancouver Canucks by a 3-1 score on Saturday night. Here are selected reactions from players and coaches following the game.

Beating a desperate Canucks team

The Flames came into Saturday’s game assured of a playoff spot and in very good shape in the divisional race. They were playing against a desperate Canucks team that needs to jump over several others to get to a playoff spot. But the Flames managed to counter their desperation and play a very structured road game.

“There was some emotion in the game, obviously,” said Flames head coach Bill Peters. “I really liked the way we played five on five and I liked our start to the game. Our first period, I thought we got all four lines involved and everybody skated.”

Captain Mark Giordano agreed with his coach’s assessment.

“I thought we did a great job,” said Giordano. “We generated some zone time, some good quality chances in the first. I thought it was a good game for us, especially five on five.”

Ho hum, another fourth line game

After their starring role against Ottawa earlier in the week, the trio of Garnet Hathaway, Andrew Mangiapane and Derek Ryan continue to impress. Ryan set up the first goal, Hathaway scored the game-winner and Mangiapane scored the insurance marker.

“That line’s been real good,” said Peters. “Now the difference is they’re finishing off more plays than they did probably earlier in the year, in the middle point of the year, but they’re starting to get rewarded for their effort. And it’s good. We need depth scoring and obviously tonight they’re in on all three.”

Since the All-Star Break – a 23 game stretch – Hathaway has four goals and seven points, Mangiapane has six goals and nine points, and Ryan has five goals and 16 points. For reference, only Matthew Tkachuk (10) and Mikael Backlund (eight) have more goals than Mangiapane in that span.

  • Albertabeef

    Mc drysaddle and Kane are three of the top of the top four point getters right now. When was the last time 3 players were top 4 in the league and didn’t make the playoffs? I don’t recall seeing that before. Maybe Iggy, Heatly, and Nash? Not even sure if that’s accurate, but as close as my memory can think up.

  • Aquavid

    If the Flames take care of their own business, the division crown is assuredly theirs for the taking. San Jose and Vegas both went for it at the deadline and will end up squandering a lot of assets as a result.

      • HOCKEY83

        Totally agree. They picked up a guy they’re going to build a team arouns over the next 8 years. They’ve got some good value contracts signed for the next 5 years but i think they’ll have to walk from william Karlsson. No money left for him.

  • Garry T

    The Flames fourth line, complimented by Gio and TJ is turning into a buzz saw of a group. They are playing very, very well which I am delighted to see.
    The Backlund line was robbed by great goaltending last night. I really like that line.
    The third hustled all night, had opportunities, but again could not get anything past Markstrom who looks like the Michelin man out there. Can anyone ask to have his equipment measured. I know he is a big guy, but his upper torso rig looks humongous.
    Our first line worked hard out there for the most part. But, there is something going on with that line. They are either tired and need to be rested, hurt and need a full or nearly full remainder of the season rest. But something is definitely wrong with this grouping.
    They do not seem to be as sharp or engaged. Regardless, very happy with the whole team’s emergence this year.

    • The Beej

      I think part of it is that when we are on the road teams really prepare for our top line and they get a lot of attention from the opposing checking forwards. Last night Vancouver also ran a pretty good penalty kill and snuffed out any chances they had.

      But they do need to refresh and hit another gear for the playoffs. Cant let the 4th line do all the heavy lifting.

      Mangiapane! Kid looks like he could be a 20 goaler next year.

      • HOCKEY83

        Put in the right situation he could be a 40 goal scorer. That one timer was a thing of beauty because that’s what he knows how to do. Great that he’s finally getting the confidence to go for it.

    • Scruffy Fish

      Although the comment is right and would hate to play Vegas first round, there are some “turtles” playing some good hockey playing for the wildcard spots that could be difficult. Do not ignore them and look forward to second round.