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QUOTABLES - FLAMES @ LIGHTNING

A rundown on what was said during this morning's pre-game media availability in Tampa

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

On the atmosphere heading into tonight's game:

"Come game time, we've got to be dialed in. I like where our energy is at with our group. We're at the end of February here and we have a lot of juice. We don't seem like a tired team. We have some energy. I like that mental side of it. The other side of it is that we've got to get fired up to play and have an edge when we play. We're better that way. That's always the challenge - you're down here, the weather is nice and guys have a little energy, which is good. But we've got to be focused come game time." - Glen Gulutzan

"We've got a lot of energy right now. It's a pretty exciting time of the year. We know what's up for stakes right now and these are all important games and they're fun games to play in." - Micheal Ferland

Tampa head coach Jon Cooper on the Flames:

"We're going through this little run of teams here that we don't really see that often. You just don't know the players as well. It's a fact of the league - they're in the Western Conference. The one thing is that you're battling a team that is in the second Wildcard spot and they're fighting for their lives just as we are. So, scary teams to play when you're getting down to the short hairs in the season and they're scraping for a playoff spot. Their desperation level is probably right about where ours is. Those are always a tough challenge." - 

Cooper on his team's seven-game point streak:

"We're defending. We're defending really, really well. So when you're defending well, you're helping out your goaltenders. They're not having to make save after save. They just have to make the saves they should. It's taken the pressure off them. When you're not giving the other team a whole lot, it puts you in a pretty good position everywhere on the ice. It's really working out for us. And then ironically, because we've been defending, it's really helped our offence. We're up near 20 scoring chances a game now these last few games. It's all because of the way we're defending."

On facing the Triplets Line:

"Definitely small, quick and very skilled. They move the puck really well to each other, remembering from past games here. They're good in the o-zone … (we've got to) try to keep it in their end and limit their time and space when they do have it, do the best we can at that." - Dougie Hamilton

"They can create offence out of nothing so we've got to be smart when we're playing against those three. Their d … good, puck-moving d that jump up in the play so it's going to be tough match-up for us but it's a good challenge for us and it's an important game for us." - Johnny Gaudreau

"They're a fast team. The teams out East here, they're all quick teams. Our start is going to be important. Try to come in and try to slow them down a bit." - Ferland

On Ferland playing on the top line:

"He's a smart player. He's not all the checking and the hitting line. He's got some skill with him. He's got a great shot and he played well with me and Mony last game. Hopefully we can build some chemistry and keep on plugging away." - Gaudreau

"He's a great player. Great teammate too and a lot of fun to play with. He works hard. He's good on the forecheck and a great shot too, you saw that from last game. He's got some skill to him too and he's smart with the puck." - Gaudreau

"Not change anything. I don't change my game because I'm playing up. Just go out there and continue to have fun." - Ferland

Cooper on losing Ryan Callahan (hip) indefinitely:

"As everybody around here knows, we've been around him for a few years … what a character guy is and he's one of those guys that if he didn't get paid to play, he'd still be playing and blocking shots and doing all those things, leading the team to victory. He's that type of kid. For him to go through this whole process this year, especially when our team is having an up-down year, and he knows that he could be a part of helping us turn it around. I know it's killing him. But the big thing is that we can get him back healthy and normal. We feel that with what has gone on now, he's on the road to recovery. It's just unfortunate that it may not be this year. It's tough."

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