The Calgary Flames started a five game road trip on Thursday in Montreal. Despite a better first period than they had in their last outing, they lost a fairly one-sided game to the Canadiens by a 4-2 score.
Here are some selected quotes from the post-game media addresses.
For the third straight game, the Flames (a) allowed the first goal and (b) never had a lead during the game. Giordano discussed how the club can prevent losses from piling up.
We’ve got to get back to the details of our game. I thought we did in the first. It was a quick pace to start the game and they got the power plays and just little things, little breakdowns cost us a couple goals there. I thought from there on we started taking way too many risks through the neutral zone and against a good, structured team they’re going to make you pay. I thought the first, we came out with the right attitude, the right mindset, but you can’t let a game slip away and let the mistakes pile on after you get down a couple. We didn’t keep playing the same way.
When Monahan gave his assessment of the game, he kept coming back to the team lacking emotion during the game.
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During his post-game comments, Ward mentioned Montreal shutting things down once they got a lead – Montreal out-chanced the Flames 16-12 and had a 5-3 high-dangers edge via Natural Stat Trick. He went into a bit more detail about how the Flames can find open ice when teams are trying to clog up the middle of the ice and minimize scoring chances.
You have to take the ice where it’s available, and if that means you have to get into a situation where you’re putting the puck behind… I thought tonight that for a lot of the game in the second period and for long stretches in the game at other points, I thought their defense were able to play with the puck in front of them an awful lot.When ice is available not in front, but behind, you gotta get the puck there and then you’ve got to be prepared to win the races and win the battles to get pucks back and play in the offensive zone. So, there’s always ice available on the rink, but you’ve got to understand where it is and you’ve got to be prepared to go to the dirty areas to win battles and win pucks in order to generate offense.Everybody’s trying to take away space defensively in this league, the majority of teams are good at it. So, when you get behind and they’re playing that way, you’ve got to put the work boots on and put the hard hat on and be prepared to get into the dirty areas of the game in order to bring the game back to your side.