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QUOTABLES 11.04.17

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

by ALEX MEDINA @alex_medina5 /

On the veteran presence in the locker-room:

"We have a little more experience. We picked up some good veterans and us younger guys are learning from them everyday, especially now. This is the time to really learn from them now because they've been there before and some have won Cups before. - Johnny Gaudreau

"You can help the young guys who haven't been there or haven't experienced what playoff hockey is like. You know what to expect come playoffs and once the puck drops." - Deryk Engelland

"We had a good meeting talking about what each guy that has been there brings and offers, what advice and things they took away from their experiences. There's some definitely good insight and stuff that I haven't realized in the past that I got from the guys, too." - Brian Elliott

"We have a lot of veteran guys now that have been through these circumstances before. We have guys who've won and know what it takes. To have those kind of people in the dressing room and those kind of guys who have been in those situations is a big help." - Sean Monahan

On needing to win a game in Anaheim:

"There's a belief that we are a really good team and that we can win. We know we are the underdogs here, we have a tough battle in front of us and it doesn't matter if it's at home or on the road. We have to find ways to win in there." - Kris Versteeg

"Last game there, I think for the first two periods we were the better team and got away from our game, we didn't play our speed game. If we play our game I don't think we'll have a problem." - Gaudreau

"They have home-ice advantage and we have to win at least one there. It's a tough building to play in, but I like to think ours is just as tough to play in. It's a new chapter and we're approaching it as an opportunity and guys are looking forward to that challenge." - Elliott

On staying disciplined:

"It's a seven-game series, guys are going to try to get under your skin. You have to play whistle-to-whistle. A lot of times I think it's best to just skate away, if you're going to eat a punch, eat a punch. We have to play between the whistles and go hard there." - Engelland

"Discipline over emotion is huge. Just embrace the fact you're going to be in a big-time battle and there's going to be things that you don't like. If your focus is on the right thing and you accept the other distractions around you, you can manage those things and you won't be in a position to take penalties. - Glen Gulutzan

On the atmosphere in the city:

"It's just exciting to get back into the playoffs especially with this city. Seeing what it's like this time of year is very exciting. I've been a part of a lot of playoffs before and played against Calgary and you can see the excitement. For myself to come in as a Calgary Flame into playoffs is very exciting and I cant wait to get it started." -Versteeg

"You're seeing the red out, seeing the Flames flags and people come up to you and wishing you luck. They want to see the Flames do well and want to keep watching us, they're rooting us on. You run into a few people and it's exciting, you see how much support they're going to give you. I can't wait to see them (the fans) in playoffs. - Matthew Tkachuk




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