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SAY WHAT: 'EVERYTHING WE WANTED, WE SAW'

Player and coach's comments following a 4-1 loss to the Oilers

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

GEOFF WARD ON HIS IMPRESSIONS OF THE GAME:

"You know what? Everything that we wanted to take a look at, we saw tonight," Ward said. "There was an awful lot of good things that we did. The start was slow, but we got a lot better as the game went on. ... Our guys gave a really good accounting of themselves, especially in the second and third periods. ... Their goalie made the stops that he had to and we have to keep plugging. We move forward now and look forward to the next couple days of practice before starting for real on Saturday."

 

MILAN LUCIC ON EMOTIONAL COLBY CAVE TRIBUTE:

"I enjoyed it. Obviously, I think heavy hearts for both teams. I got a chance to be his teammate and his linemate here in Edmonton when we were Oilers together. I got a little emotionally watching that tribute. I think it's great that that moment before the game was for Colby. He touched a lot of people because he was a great person. I think it was great that the Oilers and the NHL made that moment about him."

 

LUCIC ON GAME 1 VS. WINNIPEG:

"You're just preparing as best as you can as a team and as an individual to be ready for Saturday night. To be honest, it's exciting, it's a lot of fun. I think the NHL and Edmonton did a good job with the bubble, with what we've experienced so far. Today was good, and to have two hard practices Thursday and Friday, we can go over some details and some things. All of our focus goes into Winnipeg now."

 

LUCIC ON ATMOSPHERE WITHOUT FANS:

"I thought the energy was good in this game. There was physicality, scrums. ... Once you're in the play and you're in the flow of the game and the blood's flowing... Don't get me wrong. You love the energy and the momentum that the fans bring to the game, and you miss them. But when you're trying to make plays and you're getting in on the forecheck, you kind of get into your own zone and you're not focused on the outside type of stuff."

 

LUCIC ON WATCHING WINNIPEG'S GAME WEDNESDAY:

"There's not much to do here, so why not take the opportunity and be a fan (laughs)."

 

ELIAS LINDHOLM ON LESSONS LEARNED:

"We're going to enjoy the day off tomorrow. Overall, we can take a lot of things from this game. Obviously, a sloppy start, but it was good to get Edmonton right away and get into the battle."

 

WARD ON NAMING A GOALIE FOR GAME 1:

"Obviously, the nice thing is that we have an off day tomorrow and we can take some time and look at it. We want to do the due dilligence, but the puzzle is starting to become more clear. We're going to sit down and make a decision."

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