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QUOTABLES - FLAMES VS. SHARKS

A rundown on what was discussed during this morning's media availability

by ALEX MEDINA @alex_medina5 / calgaryflames.com

On playing against the San Jose Sharks

"Both teams are great teams and we're both fighting for positioning and for us we're fighting for a playoff spot still. It should be a good game tonight with two really important points." - Matthew Tkachuk 

"It's a really good team with veterans and we've played them a lot in the past. We know what to expect and how good they are. We're going to have to play a good game tonight and hopefully we can do better than we did last game." - Dougie Hamilton 

"We play them twice still and they're three points ahead of us. We know what that could mean to get into the top three in the division rather than being a wild-card team. We want to make sure we're playing some solid hockey as we go in." - Matt Stajan 

On the Sharks style of play

"We have to come at fast and hard. They are going to come out firing. If you watched the first little bit from last night they came out shooting and holding onto the puck. We have to comeback and match that intensity and push back. - Deryk Engelland 

 "They're playing hard even though their record is no indication. They're the best in the league at deflections and shots from the point and their defencemen are active in the way they use the whole offensive zone. Burns is a special player but just the whole team, the way they go and out put pucks to the net is a team you can learn from." - Glen Gulutzan 


On the overall team morale headed into tonight 

"We're positive and we believe if we play hard, strong and smart we can get this thing done tonight. We know that it's a huge game and potentially the one that can get us in. These games this time of year are intense." - Tkachuk 

"Guys need to be excited. We have a great chance to clinch on home ice and that's an exciting time. You want to get the job done as fast as you can and tonight would be the perfect night." - Stajan 

"It's been a lot of fun, I'm really enjoying myself. It's a great group of guys and a confident group right now. It's a lot of fun to be a Flame." - Michael Stone 


On the playoff atmosphere and attitude 

"Every teams trying to play solid and good hockey before playoffs. We focus on our game tonight and just worry about ourselves. Get back to the way that we play and things will take care of itself." - Stajan 

"We want to move up, we're in a battle. It's going to be a battle tonight with a team that's battling as well. You try and focus on the push part of the game, move forward and we think it's going to be a really good game because both teams need the points." - Gulutzan 


Gulutzan on staying focused on clinching tonight

"We've tried to do a good job of cleaning up games after they are done and moving past them. The guys have done a good job of getting redialled in for the games and we've done the same tonight for San Jose. We know that they pose some significant risks so we had to deal with that this morning." 

 

 

 

 

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