Quotable: the Flames beat the Jets 3-2

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Ryan Pike
1 year ago
After four close-but-no-cigar outings, the Calgary Flames finally beat the Winnipeg Jets in regulation by a 3-2 score on Tuesday night at the Saddledome. And now, they won’t play them again until late March!
Here are some selected quotes from the post-game media addresses.

Mikael Backlund

For the first time this season, the Flames played well in all three periods. They out-chanced the Jets in all three periods per Natural Stat Trick, 24-10 in overall chances and 12-1 in high-danger chances. So what did Backlund think of their performance?
I thought it was overall a really good game by us. I mean, they had a little pressure there in the second period but I didn’t think we gave them a whole lot. They had some zone time but I thought we kept them to the outside. I thought it was a solid game by us. Probably one of the best, as a whole game. I liked our Toronto game, the first game we played, unfortunately we lost it. Yeah, that was a good game. Everyone chipped in.

Geoff Ward

On Tuesday morning, Ward was a bit critical of the power play’s previous performances in their three recent games with Winnipeg – they went a combined 0-for-10. After a first period advantage didn’t score, their PP cashed in late to give the Flames the victory. Ward was a bit more positive following the game about his special teams unit.
It was definitely better. The thing I like about it is when we got the late power play we made good on it. We didn’t have a power play for a long, long period of time and sometimes when that happens you go a little stale. Especially with the way that the power play had been trending a little bit. But they did a great job, they were focused and, of course, they got the game-winning goal, so good job by them at a critical time.
After not doing a lot lately, the fourth line had a good game against the Jets. Playing his second game since last March, Byron Froese scored his first NHL since 2018. Ward spoke about Froese’s performance in stepping in for an injured Derek Ryan.
It’s awesome. It’s the next man up mentality, but this guy is a good hockey player. He’s extremely smart. He plays the game the right way. He’s defensively very sound and he lets the rink work for him. He’s a reliable player and I thought that line was excellent tonight. We felt like we could play them against any of the other lines. They had some big shifts for us. To see him, and them, get rewarded for the work they’ve been putting in, it was awesome.

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