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QUOTABLES - 14.04.17

A rundown on what was discussed during today's media availability

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames /

Flames thoughts prior to Game 2:

"Steeger's been in these kind of situations in playoffs and been on long runs a lot of times. He stepped up last night and made some great plays. When the puck's on his stick you've gotta expect a good pass. He showed that last night." - Sean Monahan on Kris Versteeg's two-assist contribution in Game 1.

"You've got to play hard against him. Obviously he's skilled and he's big. You've got to take time and space away from him and not allow him to make the plays he made last night. I think the big thing for him is getting the puck on the powerplay." - Monahan on stifling Ryan Getzlaf.

"First thing, we've got to keep him off the powerplay because he does a lot of good work on that. That would be the first step … he hangs onto the puck and makes plays in the offensive zone so make him play in the d-zone." - Michael Stone on Ryan Getzlaf.

"Penalties kinda deflated us. It's tough to get guys on the ice when you have that many penalties. Trying to get everyone out, it gets difficult. Your game gets out of sorts when you don't know when you're getting out there next." - Johnny Gaudreau

"It was an even match, five-on-five. Both teams were playing well. The big difference is the amount of time we spent killing penalties. Take that away and we've got ourselves a pretty good hockey game."- Stone

"Some of the mistakes we made cost us. We can learn from those. They were momentum shifts, for sure. I think both teams are trying (not) to cross the line but at the same time it gets heated out there. Our discipline's been one of our biggest things the last few weeks but it's tough when something happens out there to a teammate. I felt me, Monny and Johnny were skating well, moving the puck well. I thought we had our chances. We've just got to bury them." - Micheal Ferland

Video: Monahan on moving forward and staying positive

The Ducks' two cents:

"Getzy's had a real strong finish to the season and it really seemed that the five-day break we had at the end of February to March 3, or whatever it was, he seemed to get re-energized. He's played a lot of hockey. And he started out at the World Cup. We all know that he is a guy who can provide offence also. He's not just a defensive player. The one thing that we're constantly, constantly trying to hammer home is: 'Shoot the puck Getzy.' And last night he shot the puck." - Randy Carlyle on captain Ryan Getzlaf's strong opening-game performance.

 "They're a heck of a hockey team over there. A lot of pride. We know that they're going to be better next game and we're going to have to be better." - Getzlaf on what he's expecting in Game 2.


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