Quotable: the Flames lose to the Jets 5-1

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Ryan Pike
2 years ago
After a nice effort on Saturday night, the Calgary Flames finished their three-game mini-series with the Winnipeg Jets with a lopsided 5-1 loss on Monday evening. The club is now 5-6-0 under Darryl Sutter, having lost six of their last eight games after winning their first three after his arrival.
Here are some selected quotes from the post-game media addresses.

Matthew Tkachuk

Tkachuk was visibly frustrated following the game, putting the blame on himself for Winnipeg’s second and fourth goals. He discussed his level of frustration following the loss.
It’s not just this one. It’s been win-one, lose-one, win-one, lose-one, win-one, lose-three, whatever so, time’s ticking. We’ve been saying this for the past, however long, but time’s really, really ticking so we’ve got to string, now, a bunch together. So, can only be frustrated for tonight. I mean, you can’t let it effect the rest of your season because to have any hope or any chance of stringing a bunch together against all these teams that are ahead of us, we have to dig down deep. I certainly need to be a hell of a lot better than I was tonight.
So, you know, the games where we’re playing well, play with a lot of energy, play with a lot of pace, play with a lot of physicality. So we have to do that for the last 20 games. I don’t even know if we have that many left.

Darryl Sutter

Sutter outlined where he thought the game went wrong for his club.
I thought we had a good start. Obviously we scored a power play goal early. I thought there was a little bit of sag in our game with the Thompson goal. You know, the review from the league called it a goal and I thought there was a little bit of sag. And then I think on the next goal we lost Scheifele, clearly, on the back-check. And then I think when they switched lines around, put Scheifele with the two speed guys, with Ehlers and either Copp or Connor, I thought those three guys took the game over late in the first and early in the second. We didn’t handle those guys very well.
Video review supported the Referee’s call on the ice that the puck deflected off of Nate Thompson’s skate and entered the net in a legal fashion. Rule 37.4 states, in part, “A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking Player’s skate who does not use a “distinct kicking motion” shall be ruled a GOAL. A puck that is directed into the net by an attacking Players’ skate shall also be ruled a GOAL, as long as no “distinct kicking motion” is evident.”
Sutter also noted that he made the decision to swap out goalie Jacob Markstrom for backup David Rittich midway through the second period, aiming to give Rittich some work and the intermission to prepare to come into the game.

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