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SAY WHAT: 'BE MORE CONSISTENT'

What the Flames were saying this morning prior to facing Ducks

by TY PILSON @typilson / CalgaryFlames.com

COACH GEOFF WARD ON FACING DUCKS:

"I still find them to be heavy. They're still big, they've got an awful lot of speed in their lineup - especially with their young players. They've got a good mix of size and speed, and their skill is good. We come back to it again - there are no easy teams, no easy games at this time of year. The Ducks are playing well right now, their confidence is there, and they make you earn your ice, there's no doubt about it."

 

WARD ON WORK ETHIC

"You have to match work ethic every night. If you don't, you're going to be on the short end a lot of nights. If you allow other teams to out-work you, you're greatly reducing your opportunity to win a hockey game. For us, we've got to make sure that we're not only matching the work ethic, we want to make sure that we surpass it. The second thing that comes into that is we want to be working smarter than they are. I think those two things - not only having the work ethic - but how smart you're playing, they're two huge things and they're things you have to ante up every night that you line up at this time of year."

 

SEAN MONAHAN ON QUICK STARTS:

"In the NHL, it's up to each guy in the locker-room to step up and pay the price to do the things to win games. That comes with the start. You want to have a good start and that's on the individuals to step up and do that. 

 

MONAHAN ON KEYS AGAINST ANAHEIM:

"You want to limit the turnovers and you want to get pucks behind them. They're a good forechecking team, and when we're retrieving pucks, getting it behind them and working in their end, that's when we get a lot of success. 

 

DEREK RYAN ON FINISHING ROADIE WITH WIN:

"Honestly, we can put the previous games on this road trip behind us and just focus on playing one good game tonight. If we just focus on this one game, it kind of takes the whole big picture out of it and you can just focus on playing hard for 60 minutes tonight. I think our group has done well when we've done that, so I think that's the focus for us tonight. 

 

RYAN ON CONSISTENCY BEING KEY:

"I've said it in interviews since I got here in Calgary. It's not even about who we're playing, where we're playing, home or away, whatever it is - we just have to be better as a group and be more consistent. If we're consistently good, then I feel like we're winning games. As we've seen lately, when we're flip-flopping between our game, good or bad, ugly, whatever it is, the results speeak for themselves. If we're just focusing on our game and like I said, playing one good game at this point, that's a recipe for success."

 

RASMUS ANDERSSON ON LIMITING MISTAKES:

"It's frustrating, obviously, when you look at the standings and how close it is, it's frustrating when you lose a game from us being a little sloppy and just making too many mistakes. It's frustrating on that part. But it's a new game today, we play another hard-working team, so there are going to be a lot of battles out there. We're coming into a back-to-back and it's going to be a tough game. I think we're all really excited to get back out there and play our game because we were not happy with the way that we played yesterday."

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