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SAY WHAT: 'A FUN CHALLENGE'

The buzz around the locker-room ahead of tonight's clash with the Bruins

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

ELIAS LINDHOLM ON PATRICE BERGERON COMPARISONS:

"It's always fun. He's a really good player. To be compared to him, I think it's too much for me. I have a long way to go to reach what he's done, but it's always fun to play against good players and especially a player that plays hard both ways. That'll be fun."

 

LINDHOLM ON IMPORTANCE OF TONIGHT'S GAME:

"It's going to be huge. It's going to set up the whole road trip, especially if we can beat a top team like Boston, that's going to be huge. Obviously, we have five tough games on the road, so if we can get the two points tonight, that will be huge for us."

 

Video: "It's a tough challenge for us, obviously"

 

SAM BENNETT ON SUCCESS AT THE CENTRE POSITION:

"The last couple games at centre have really helped me. I feel really confident and comfortable in the middle, and the two guys I've been playing with have helped me as well. I think it's a matter of getting the opportunity and then trying to take advantage of it when you get it. … Our line has had a couple of great games controlling the pucks down low and getting pucks to the net, working our cycle game. I'm enjoying playing with those guys right now and we're going to try and keep it rolling."

 

Video: "We're well aware of talent and skill on that team"

 

GEOFF WARD ON BENNETT IN THE MIDDLE:

"He's been good. He's been scoring, obviously, since he's been at centre, which is a good thing. He's a bigger body, which gives us a little more of a presence down low. He's able to get into people and turn pucks over a little more quickly, at points. He's been playing really well there and obviously we're hopeful that he'll do that again tonight with a quicker team that's got some good size. He should be an asset for us if he's playing well."

 

Video: "We're focusing on the first period"

 

MILAN LUCIC ON FACING FORMER TEAM:

"You always think about a lot of great memories come to mind when you play a former team. I talk about it a lot the last bunch of years about the great time I had and all those memories. But when it's game day like this, it's all business. And when you're playing the best in the league, and we know what's other side, how important all the points are. As fun as it is to see old friends, old faces, old teammates and all that type of stuff ... it's a big game for us."

 

LUCIC ON BRUINS' OFFENSIVE WEAPONS:

"What makes (Bergeron) such a special player is he's so great on both sides of the puck and it's his defensive game that allows him to play in the offensive zone. Because, like I said, he's not trading chances; he's always in the right spot at the right times, he wins faceoffs and all that type of stuff. You add Marchand and Pastrnak with it - I've heard a lot of people call it the 'Perfection Line,' and it makes it that much more dynamic with the skill-set those two provide to it. You even look at a guy like (David) Krejci - I know him probably better than anything. I feel like he doesn't get talked about enough and his two-way game, his offensive game and all that type of stuff. The Bruins have been lucky to have the two of them in the one-two slot for the last 13, 14 years and that's why they've been an elite team for all these years."

 

Video: "It's a big game for us"

 

RASMUS ANDERSSON ON LIMITING TIME & SPACE:

"Their entire first line is probably the best line in the entire NHL. We've got to play them aggressively, you can't give them too much room, and that's what we're going to try and do. It's going to be a tough challenge because of their skill and everything. It's going to be a fun challenge, too - it's something you look forward to."

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