MONTREAL - The Canadiens were handed a 4-1 loss by the Flames on Wednesday night at the Bell Centre.
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Following the contest, forward Nick Suzuki, defensemen Jeff Petry and Brett Kulak, and interim head coach Dominique Ducharme spoke with reporters via Zoom.
Here are a few highlights from their respective chats:
Suzuki on the Flames' strong defensive game:
They're a good shot-blocking team. All the games that we've played against them, we're not getting pucks through. We've just got to find ways, as shooters, to get it by them, or just reset, go behind the net and find someone that's open instead of getting our shots blocked and then transitioning the other way.
Video: Nick Suzuki on the team's inconsistencies
Suzuki on the Flames playing a desperate brand of hockey:
We're fighting for a playoff spot, too. They're right behind us and these games coming up against them are going to be huge. We've got four more left, so we need to come out on top points-wise. We really need to be desperate. We want to be in that playoff run and these games against them are really big for us.
Petry on why the Canadiens have struggled to score versus Calgary:
They play hard. They dictated the pace in the first period. They put pucks behind us and that made it difficult for us to break out. The time you're spending in the defensive zone, by the time you do break the puck out, you're tired. It's about chipping the puck out and getting a change rather than trying to come up the ice as a block of five and do that in their end.
Video: Jeff Petry on improving ahead of Friday's rematch
Petry on failing to help goaltender Jake Allen:
We need to be better. The first two goals were point shots, so we need to do a better job at clearing out the net front and giving our goalies a chance to see the puck. When they're shooting from that far out, if they can see it, they're going to stop it.
Kulak on a disappointing performance:
We're not looking for any excuses. We know it was in our favor to come in and have the jump on them. They played hard. It's that time of year where every game is going to be tight all game. It's just the small, little things that are going to make the difference between winning and losing. We know that. As much as it feels good sometimes to be angry about the loss, how we played and our mistakes, we've got to move on. Games are going to keep rolling. The importance of Friday's game is just as big, if not bigger now. They're going to be like that the rest of the season.
Video: Brett Kulak on his goal against Calgary
Kulak on Allen's oustanding effort night after night:
He battles and he comes ready to play. He's given us great performances every time he's in the net. He competes as hard as anyone I know. When we're not getting it done for him at the other end of the rink, it feels a little more weight on our shoulders. We do feel we let him down a little bit. He's given us those performances and he's been awesome for us.
Ducharme on his club's showing in a critical contest:
We got the result we deserved. We didn't deserve to win. It's just as simple as that.
Video: Dominique Ducharme on lacking a spark against Calgary
Ducharme on his players failing to meet expectations:
We didn't have enough players show up tonight. We don't have enough guys playing up to their potential. We're trying to create sparks, but we need more from our players.