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QUOTABLES - FLAMES at CAPITALS

A rundown on what was discussed this morning at the Verizon Center

by TY PILSON @typilson / calgaryflames.com

On Sam Bennett moving up to play on the now 2M line with Matthew Tkachuk suspended:

"They're great players and it's a lot of fun to play with them. They make guys around them better, so I'm looking forward to it."  - Bennett

"I think it's easier to go from centre to wing than wing to centre. I'm comfortable moving to the wing and it won't be too much of an adjustment." - more Bennett

"It takes some pressure off in the fact that you're not taking draws and out there all the time and defensive responsibilities but it adds some pressure now, especially with those two guys, because they'll get a tougher matchup." - Glen Gulutzan 

On facing the GR8 and the Capitals

"I've seen these guys a couple of times already this year and it's never been that fun in this rink so hopefully we can change that tonight. It's a good test for us." - Curtis Lazar

"You try to possess the puck as much as you can and stay as disciplined as you can. Don't feed their transition game and stay out of the penalty box. They have a powerplay that can really hurt you." - Michael Stone

"I think they're a blend team. They can play quick and they're heavy, too ... But I think we're a little bit of a blend, too, and we're going to try to play them fast but we need our heavy guys to be heavy in the corners, too." - Gulutzan

Lazar on his Flames debut after a few days to digest it:

"The main thing is we got the win. Obviously for myself, just stepping in after not playing a game for so long, it was a little nerve-wracking - nerves got the better of me for most of that game. All-in-all, just to get back into a game situation, it was fine."  

Gaudreau on the Flames' recent run, winning 12 of 13 games:

"We're playing simple, you know, we're finding ways to score in the first periods and play with leads, so it's pretty good."  

Gaudreau on the play of Brian Elliott:

"He's the main reason we're in this spot we are today. I think he's done an excellent job in the past month or so here. He's been great back there and we have to keep playing well in front of him."

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