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SAY WHAT: 'BEST PLAYER ON THE ICE'

A rundown of what was discussed following the Flames' 4-3, come-from-behind victory over the Arizona Coyotes

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

DAVID RITTICH ON HIS 34-SAVE OUTING:

"It feels really good. They had a couple good looks [in the third period\ and we answered with two goals. ... I'm really glad we did that."

 

NOAH HANIFIN ON THIRD-PERIOD TURNAROUND:

"I just don't think we were moving as well (early). I think in the third period, we started moving our feet a lot more. For us, as a team, in order to be successful we have to move our feet. That showed in the third when we started to have a bit more success, we were holding onto pucks and making plays."

 

MATTHEW TKACHUK ON FIRST TWO PERIODS:

"We really had no business, other than Ritter, winning that game in my opinion. We played better in the third but in the first we played right into their hands, but they're a good hockey team. A really good hockey team. They're a different Coyotes team than people have seen in the past. ... They're hard to play against, they're frustrating to play against. They've got some great players and are getting awesome goaltending right now."

 

TKACHUK ON LATE HEROICS:

"I thought the powerplay throughout the game continued to get better. 6-on-5, you just put pucks on net because there are so many guys there, it can hit off anything and go in, and that's what happened. ... Two goals in less than a minute, then the pressure's all on them and we have all the momentum. Obviously, Ritter played unreal and made some unbelievable saves in OT. He was the best player on the ice tonight."

 

JOHNNY GAUDREAU ON SNAPPING GOAL SKID:

"Obviously, it was not the way I wanted the last 12 games to go, but it's part of hockey, I've been through it before. Like I said this morning, as long as I've getting my chances, you can't really be too frustrated. I had a lot of chances tonight, only found one of them, but it was nice to find the net."

 

BILL PETERS ON RITTICH'S PERFORMANCE:

"He made big saves, allowed us to come back, and he's been battling all year. He's been real good for us, so hopefully … we can get this thing straightened out and tightened up so we don't have to rely on him so much."

 

PETERS ON TOUGH START:

"Let's start on time, let's get physically engaged. Hopefully we're able to make some changes, because we look flat, we look comfortable. We look too comfortable."

 

PETERS ON LATE RALLY:

"You're down, it's desperation time, got on the power play ... score there to make it three two, and then we were able to get the goaltender out to go six on five, get a bit of a bounce going off one of their guys net front."

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