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SAY WHAT - 'DON'T WANT TO GO ON HOLIDAYS EARLY'

A quick rundown on what was discussed after practice in Ottawa

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

SEAN MONAHAN ON SATURDAY'S TILT

"This is a big game tomorrow. It's a game before a big break and we've been talking it about for the last few weeks - you look at the standings and it's so tight. You need every point you can get right now."

 

MONAHAN ON HOW THE TEAM WAS SUCCESSFUL IN TORONTO

"Trusting each other - you've got to trust each other, that everyone is going to do their job. When you're playing guys like that, that are skilled and trying to make plays every time they're on ice, I think we did a good job staying above them and moving our feet and limiting their space."

 

MATTHEW TKACHUK ON FACING THE SENS

"We have to get this win tomorrow. We have to. We have to go into this break feeling good. If we go into this break with a win tomorrow, it sets up the last home stretch, the last 30 games. We've got to have a great effort tomorrow and come out with the two points.

 

TKACHUK ON HIS BROTHER BRADY

"He's such a well-liked guy. Every single person loves him on their team that I know of. He's loved in the city. He's the future of this organization and I don't think it's too hard to see that."

 

TKACHUK ON BRADY SUPPORTING HIM AT THE ALL-STAR GAME

"He could easily go on a little 8-10 day vacation but he's shortening it down because he wants to come home and support me, be a part of a fun weekend. I'm not sure if there's anywhere in the world that's going to be more fun than St. Louis next weekend to be honest. I know he wants to be a part of it."

 

GEOFF WARD ON STAYING FOCUSED ON OTTAWA

"We've seen it before - you come off an emotional win and you have the tendency to maybe be a little flat the next game. We know that we have to be focused on business at hand. You don't want to go on holidays early and you certainly don't want to leave yourself in the game in Toronto. We've got to make sure that we're ready to come and play hard because the one thing that Ottawa does is they work. They're going to be honest, their legs are going to be going, and they're a good hockey team. We've got to make sure we're prepared to match that intensity. We feel like the one thing you're going to get from them every time they step on the ice is a tremendous work ethic."

 

WARD ON HIS TEAM'S ABILITY TO PLAY IN TIGHT GAMES

"I think our team has developed a little bit of resiliency, in our character. When we get into those situations, they're really starting to understand that it's important to continue to play the way that we want to play. Keep the puck moving ahead, make sure we've got bodies on top of the puck, make sure we're controlling the middle of the ice coming back. A lot of those simple little things that allow you to have numbers on the defensive side, our guys have been paying good attention to it."

 

WARD ON WHAT CLOSE GAMES CAN DO FOR HIS TEAM

"Learning how to win is important for everybody. Every team wants to go through it, every team wants to be a playoff team. But once you learn how to win and what that process actually involves, it doesn't matter if you're doing it in the playoffs or the regular season. Once you understand the recipe for it, it becomes easier to do. The big test is once you know what it takes to win, you're able to be reliable in terms of reproducing that."

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