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SAY WHAT: 'A BUILDING BLOCK'

The chatter in the dressing room following a 3-2 loss to the Avalanche

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

MILAN LUCIC ON PLAYING FROM BEHIND:

"Again, we can't seem to find that first goal and (are) playing from behind, catch-up hockey. But in saying all that, there are a lot of positives that you can take out of this game and carry over into a very important road trip these next four games. The effort's there. We started to push and play the way that we're supposed to play the second half of the game. Just have to fine-tune some things and bear down when we get our chances and try to play with the lead."

 

LUCIC ON HIS LINE WITH RYAN & DUBE:

"I think the last two games we've managed to find some immediate chemistry between the three of us. Just have to stick with it and the results will come. Especially for myself, it's easy to get frustrated at this point. You just have to keep playing, keep being hard on the puck, keep making plays and it's just a matter of time before they start going in for you."

 

DEREK RYAN ON COMEBACK EFFORT:

"It's pretty hard not to get frustrated. ... Before the game, there's a lot of energy in the dressing room, a lot of energy on the bench, we give up a couple goals and all of a sudden the body language kind of goes down a bit. Guys are frustrated, down on themselves, down on each other. Even through that, I thought we stuck to it, played our game, created chances, and we saw it there in the third. I thought we kind of turned it up a bit. We just have to figure out a way to start getting some leads in the first period, stop chasing the game and score some more goals."

 

RYAN ON FIGHTING THROUGH ADVERSITY:

"That's all we can right now is try to use it as a building block ... so that we come out the other side as a tighter group, having gone through some adversity. I think last regular season we maybe didn't go through enough adversity, so maybe you can talk about that this is a good adversity point for us to build on, it's not going to come easy, expectations for us are higher this year, and we have that in the dressing room as well."

 

RYAN ON PLAY OF HIS LINE:

"I feel like my line has been very good. I thought we were good in Vegas, I thought we were good in Arizona. I think Dillon stepped up, he's playing well, he's getting chances, we're getting chances. Not giving up too many, so I thought we were good."

 

MATTHEW TKACHUK ON RIGHTING THE SHIP:

"In the third, I thought we played better, played in their end. But, again, teams do that when they're protecting leads. They're not cheating for offence or anything like that. It's kind of a sit-back, protect-the-lead mentality. It's hard to play against, kind of exhausting, but that's why you have to play with a lead. ...We've got to change that, because this is a very, very, very important road trip for us and we want to play better on the road. We're playing some good teams. But we're a good team, too, so we've got to believe that."

 

BILL PETERS ON EFFECT OF NEW LINE COMBOS:

"It doesn't matter, the combinations. You've got to do what you do, whoever you are. If you're a penalty-killer, shot-blocker, you've got to show up on the (score) sheet. I see some guys right across the board, it's full here - that means you're involved in the game, right?"

 

PETERS ON DUBE'S STRONG GAME:

"Doobs was good. I thought he had a lot of pace in the previous game and was good again tonight. It should be a seamless transition between Stockton and here. We both play the same way. Just a few things you touch up on, attention to detail, and just go out and play."

 

PETERS ON UPCOMING ROAD TRIP:

"We've got to come out of this quick. We're going on the road for four in four tough buildings. We can't be moping around waiting."

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