CALGARY - The Canadiens were dealt a 5-2 defeat by the Flames on Saturday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
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Following the game, forward Tyler Toffoli, defenseman Jeff Petry, goaltender Cayden Primeau and interim head coach Dominique Ducharme spoke with reporters via Zoom.
Here are a few highlights from their respective chats:
Toffoli on the Flames moving closer to the Canadiens in the standings:
It's that time of the year. I think everybody knew that it was going to come down to certain teams fighting for position. It's not just us fighting for positions, it's teams fighting for first and second and third. We've got to find a way, we've got to regroup, and Monday is a big match.
Video: Tyler Toffoli on the tightening playoff race
Toffoli on the team's approach to the series finale on Monday:
We need to win.
Petry on being pressured by Calgary in the playoff race:
We win the next game, we're ahead by six points and then we go from there. We control our own destiny. Our fate's in our hands. We play and we execute and get the wins. It's in our hands.
Video: Jeff Petry on playing with seven defensemen
Petry on boosting morale with injuries piling up and another huge game on tap:
I think we've got to look at what we did in the first period. I think that was the closest they've seen to our best, and I still think there's room to grow and room to improve. No matter who's in the lineup, we have to know the game plan and execute the game plan and be hard.
Primeau on his first start of the season for the Canadiens:
I was excited to get in. You've got to be ready for whenever your name is called, so I was preparing every game in case that was going to happen. To be able to go in today was good. I felt good. I was maybe a little bit sloppy off the start, but I settled in and overall felt good.
Video: Cayden Primeau on his first start of the season
Primeau on forward Johnny Gaudreau's goal in the first period:
Any goal you let in, you kind of want back. I would definitely maybe want to do something different, but it's easy to say after the play has happened. I would have liked all four goals back.
Ducharme on the Habs' performance:
I don't think we were lacking a sense of urgency in the first period. We were pressuring their defensemen. They had trouble getting out of their own zone. We had scoring chances. I thought we were executing better. I don't think they outclassed us in terms of the way they played. We made costly mistakes.
Video: Dominique Ducharme on the team's mistakes in Calgary
Ducharme on another key contest on the horizon:
It's the last game of the season against them. It's another playoff game. We need to be at our best.