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SAY WHAT: 'EMOTIONS ARE GOING TO RUN HIGH'

A rundown of what was discussed ahead of Game 1 against the Avalanche

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

MIKE SMITH ON GETTING THE START:

"It's special. Not everyone makes the playoffs, so you've got to embrace it. The game's no different, it's just a different stage and it means a lot more. I'm not going to change anything - I'm just going to do what I've been doing the last few months, and hopefully get a big win in Game 1."

 

SMITH ON HIS FIRST PLAYOFF GAME IN CALGARY:

"It's an exciting time. The emotions are going to run high, but I think the experience my past will help me through situations like this. I haven't quite seen what it's like to play in a Canadian market in a playoff game yet, so I've heard a lot about what it's going to be like in here and I'm excited to see it first-hand."

 

SMITH ON COLORADO'S LATE-SEASON PUSH:

"This past month or so, they've been one of the top teams in the league. Any team you're playing now deserves to be in the playoffs and this team's no different. They've been real hot down the stretch here and (Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen) are top-notch players. It's going to be a quick game and hopefully we can keep them off the scoreboard. I've got be ready when they're on the ice. They can change the game, for sure."

 

Video: "It's an exciting time of the year"

 

SMITH ON THE AVS' TOP PLAYERS:

"That whole line's had an unbelievable year. It's pretty impressive what they were able to do. And they're probably saying the same thing about us and our guys."

 

JOHNNY GAUDREAU ON THE HOME CROWD:

"I'm going to tell some of the guys who haven't been here how exciting it is to jump on the ice here in Calgary. It's just a lot of fun playing in this city and the way they support us is crazy. To be able to be in the playoffs for them, it's pretty cool."

 

Video: "It's just a lot of fun to play in this city"

 

MARK GIORDANO ON GAME PLAN:

"There aren't many teams that don't play quick anymore, but I think our strategy out there is to get pucks up the ice and transition quickly."

 

Video: "We're excited to get started"

 

SAM BENNETT ON GETTING PLAYOFFS UNDERWAY:

"I like big games. It creates big opportunities and I want to take advantage of that. It's a lot of fun this time of year. The emotion, the energy, I think that all just brings out the best in my game."

 

Video: "I love big games. It creates big opportunities"

 

BILL PETERS ON GOALTENDING DECISION:

"Experience is a word that's been thrown around a lot over the past five days, so if you have some, you should use it."

 

Video: "It's going to be a lot of fun"

 

PETERS ON FIRST 10 MINUTES:

"You're better off keeping it simple. Get everybody out there, keep it simple, get pucks in behind them and establish a forecheck. That's all I want to do early. Let's get on the body, let's get pucks deep, get everybody into the game and go from there."

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