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Quips and Quotes: Flames beat the Ducks 6-1

The Calgary Flames beat the Anaheim Ducks by a 6-1 score on Friday night. Here are selected reactions from players and coaches following the game.

The offense is back

After a two game vacation, the Flames found their scoring touch and played well overall. Five different players scored goals, 12 different players had point and every single skater except Mark Jankowski registered a shot.

Following the game, Flames head coach Bill Peters praised his team for the type of goals they scored – firing shots on the goaltender and driving the net for rebounds.

We talked about it enough and showed some video on it. The guys know. The guys are a very honest group and they’re a group that cares and they want to do it right. And they got to work here today and I thought they did a good job making the zone big in the offensive zone. I thought in the third period the line that really got us going was the Backlund line. The shift that they had, it didn’t end up in the net, but it turned the momentum of the period and I thought we were obviously pretty good from that point on.

Did Neal tip the third goal?

Sean Monahan scored late in the third period, leading to several fans throwing hats. It was odd, because Monahan didn’t have a hat trick. The controversy on this evening rested on the third goal, scored on the power play, as the puck was propelled past Ducks netminder Ryan Miller by Monahan.

But both Monahan and Peters were under the impression that James Neal got the shaft of his stick on the shot.

“He was at the net on the power play,” said Peters. “I think they ended up changing that. I know it went off his shaft, I don’t know if he got credit for it.”

Neal joked that he ruined Monahan’s hat trick after the game, but praised his young teammate for how well he played.

Difficult lineup decisions loom

Sam Bennett’s about ready to return from his injury. Michael Stone, Oscar Fantenberg and Oliver Kylington are biding their time, too. With the prospect of being pushed to the sidelines looming, Austin Czarnik had a strong game and Dalton Prout had a rock solid game with TJ Brodie.

“You know what, we do have some good decisions to make and they’re hard decisions to make,” admitted Peters. “But a lot of thought will go into them. Not only there, but I thought Prouter was good. He came in and he was moving the puck and he was physical. It’s good to have options.”

    • Richard B. Rittich

      Neal going to the corner and hitting turns over the puck for the first Flames goal. Watching at the Dome he looked fine all night. Maybe not what we want for his dollar or pedigree but also not worthy of petty insults.

  • Calgarycandle

    The last two periods were one of the most complete efforts from the Flames recently. Ryan, Mangi and Hath continue to shine. Glad Neal got the goal–it should help his confidence and he made a key play behind the net on the first goal too. One of his more engaged games and gives me hope for the playoffs. With Bennett back for the playoffs we have four scary lines and a solid D. Smith still scares me with his forays, but he did play solidly. Great that both Colo and Ariz got points tonight. I’d rather not face hack and whack Minnesota in round one.

  • Albertabeef

    When Bennett comes back I think Janks should sit.
    PG-13(cause 13 isn’t just JH’s # it’s the other 2’s draft year lol)
    3M
    Neal-Ryan-Czarnik
    Mangiapane-Bennett-Hathaway(could be our best playoff line)

    • Speed Kills

      Right now Janko’s value is on PK, Bennett… not so much. Benny will probably swap in & out with either Neal – Czarnik or whom ever isn’t playing up to par between the three of them. Having a solid PK is probably more imperative than a (maybe) slight increase in 3/4th line production.

      • FlamesFanOtherCity

        It’s a tough choice, but neither Bennett nor Czarnik have been driving the bus recently. Bennett hasn’t done much u to the injury. Czarnik came in with a bang and has settled down. The DAG line has done more with less minutes. I would be inclined to mess a little with the lines and have Mange-Ryan-Neal and Bennett-Janko-Hathaway. It shakes up the ines a bit, but you still have two duos from each line that play together most nights.

  • Chucky

    Jankowski has been stuck with at least one struggling player on his line almost every game he has played in the league and for some reason there is a propensity to blame him. He looked good when the line was Bennett, Czarnik and Jankowski, because Czarnik had been motivated to play a faster more involved game.
    Maybe when Bennett comes back they should put him with Lindholm and Jankowski, but then the calls would be to bench Monahan.
    But the real solution is that Neal either picks up the pace and the intensity or he sits.