MONTREAL - The Canadiens posted a 2-1 win over the Flames on Friday night at the Bell Centre.
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Following the game, defenseman Shea Weber, forward Tyler Toffoli, goaltender Jake Allen and interim head coach Dominique Ducharme spoke with reporters via Zoom.
Here are a few highlights from their respecitive chats:
Weber on the play of Joel Armia in his second game back since returning from a bout with COVID-19:
I think obviously for him that's a good feeling. He's been at home in isolation. That's tough on a guy, especially dealing with that and not being around the guys. To be back and contributing, I'm sure he's thrilled.
Video: Shea Weber on reuniting with Ben Chiarot
Weber on why he believes the Canadiens bested the Flames, even though giveaways were a major issue:
It was just a good effort by the guys. I think we stuck with it. There were times in the game where we could've cracked and went away from our game plan, but we just stuck with it and found a way to win.
Toffoli on what he appreciates most about Armia's game:
He's just such a big body and he has great hands for a big man. You saw that tonight, right from the get go, it kind of looked like he had the puck on a string and was making plays all over the ice. When he's making those plays and being confident and when we have possession of the puck, it's fun to watch and it's fun to play with him.
Video: Tyler Toffoli on Jake Allen's performance in goal
Toffoli on the reasons behind his success in Montreal:
Just having a good start with the team, and them having a lot of confidence in me to be put out there in key situations. That gives you confidence. From the start of the year, I've just been trying to work and stay consistent. My game kind of tailed off coming back after missing a few, but I've just been trying to work and be key, be successful and be a key part of this team.
Allen on beating a desperate Flames team pushing to stay in the playoff hunt:
We understand what's ahead of us and what's behind us. We're not looking behind, we're looking at chasing the guys ahead of us. We realize every game is important. That's the way we treat it. I don't think it should be any different, whether we're playing Toronto or Calgary. That's just the way I think our group is going to approach the final stretch here.
Video: Jake Allen on the improvements after Wednesday's game
Allen on the importance of Toffoli to the success of the squad:
I've played against him a lot in the West. He played under Sutter a lot, so it was a little bit of a different system. Now, he's able to get these chances and you could just tell that he's always had that scoring touch. He sort of just knows where to go, and when he gets his chances, a majority of the time they're going in or they're coming close to going in. He's just got that knack for the net. He's a smart hockey player. He's not the fastest guy in the world by any means, but if you have a better mind that way, you don't really need to be fast. You've just got to know where the puck is and anticipate the play. It's on and off his stick. He doesn't stickhandle with the puck, which is huge. Once it's on his stick, it's off the stick. That's the way it's got to be if you want to score in this league. He's done a hell of a job for us this year and he's been a great leader in the locker room, too. He has a lot of experience.
Ducharme on the performance of his players in a vital encounter:
We wanted to be more engaged. They had a lot of shots on the power play. There are nights when we've hit two or three posts. Tonight, that was the case for the opposing team. We'll take the win, but we didn't steal it.
Video: Dominique Ducharme on the win over the Flames
Ducharme on the play of Nick Suzuki's line:
I really liked their game. We had a chat with Nick and Tyler this morning. I really liked the way they handled things. Nick was dynamic. That's how he'll have success. Toff did what he does best, which is score goals.