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Quips and Quotes: Flames beat Kings 7-2

The Calgary Flames beat the Los Angeles Kings by a 7-2 score on Monday night. Here are selected reactions from players and coaches following the game.

James Neal shines

When Flames fans thought about what James Neal was going to look like in a Flames uniform, they probably imagined what he’s looked like in the past handful of games. Against the Kings Neal didn’t play a ton, but he was physically engaged, was a presence around the net, and chipped in a couple of points.

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It’s probably safe to say that he’s feeling like his old self after a few really, really long seasons of hockey.

“You don’t want to use it as an excuse, but you play a lot of hockey, play a lot of meaningful hockey, a lot of meaningful games, and sometimes you get so ramped up and you come down a little bit,” said Neal in his comments to media after the game. “So for me, I want to get back to where I know I can be, the player I can be. It was a little bit of a reset for me. Body’s felt great coming back. I’m skating a lot better, and I feel good around the net, feel good on pucks. More patience, hanging onto more pucks and getting shots, feeling a lot better.”

The kids are alright

With Mark Giordano, TJ Brodie, Noah Hanifin and Travis Hamonic given the night off, the Flames had three rookies in their lineup on the blueline.

They did pretty well:

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  • Playing his first NHL game since Nov. 23, Juuso Valimaki had an assist and a shot in 21:58
  • Playing his first NHL game since Mar. 4, Oliver Kylington had an assist and two shots in 16:30
  • Playing a day after playing 21:21 in an emotional win over San Jose, Rasmus Andersson had an assist in 17:39

The coaching staff feels they have 10 defensemen that can play in the playoffs. It was against a rather blah Kings team, but nothing on this evening did anything to disprove that sentiment.

Sam Bennett injury update

  • Sven

    Neal corsi for 65.5 game score 2.950
    Jankowski corsi for 57.6 game score 2.635
    Ryan corsi for 53.3 game score 2.380
    Mangiapane corsi for 66.7 game score 1.450
    Hathaway corsi for 55.6 game score 1.150
    Czarnik corsi for 57.9 game score 1.050

    I’m kinda thinking that there is a third or fourth line in there somewhere

  • Sven

    Flames sit all four of their top four defense men and two of their top six forwards-

    Flames 7 : Kings 2

    I’m starting to see the over/under on the number of Oiler jerseys tossed onto the Saddledome ice following the season finale in Cow Town April 6th approaching an even dozen

  • Garry T

    Bill Peters ….. I respect you immensely as a Leader in terms of how our team plays.
    I cannot provide enough compliments at this time.

    However, after watching that hellacious hit on Bennett last night that exhibited
    A focused inrent to injure, and the staggering result,

  • Garry T

    Bill Peters continuation, intent to injure, repeatedly, you should reconsider your remarks about having Bennett back in the lineup in the next couple of games. Bennett
    has a history of injuries, not only to the upper torso but to the head as well. As a result
    I would suggest you sit him for two weelks and have him properly evaluated. One more hit like that could could see Sam permanently out of the game. You need to back off of this win at all costs attitude and have some consideration for this young man’s long term health.

    • Hockeysense9393

      He does even sound different in his interviews. He’s sounds more confident, more excited about hockey. I think he’s refreshed, focused, and ready to play some playoff hockey. Even more depth for opposition teams to worry about. The Flames are a pretty scary team when you look at the whole picture.

      • Hockeysense9393

        I’m also giving a big shout out to Doc!! I would say one of the best free agent signings in the league last summer. He had an adjustment issue at the start of the season, but then really settled in. One of the best leaders in the locker room.