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SAY WHAT: 'EXTREMELY DEEP TEAM'

A rundown of the key storylines prior to Tuesday's tilt with the Pens

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

JOHNNY GAUDREAU ON REBOUNDING VS. PIT:

"It's important. You never want to lose back-to-back games in this league. It's hard to catch up in the standings when you're doing that. We put ourselves back in a good position last year - we did a great job of when we (lost) a game, we'd come back and win three, four in a row. It's something we've got to take away from last year."

 

GAUDREAU ON RECENT WIN STREAK:

"Some of the opponents we played over the past 10 games, a lot of them are pretty good teams. We were happy with our last 10-game stretch. Unfortunately, we lost against Carolina, but we start over now and get back to the basics and play the way we know how to play."

 

SAM BENNETT ON RETURNING FROM INJURY:

"I feel great. Excited to get back in. It's felt like a long time since I've played. Just been chomping at the bit to get back in. … Early on I've got to keep it simple. I've been feeling really good, but there's still going to be - I'm sure - a little rust, so I've got to keep it simple, get pucks deep, play in a straight line and that's how I'll have success tonight."

 

Video: "I've been dying to get back out here"

 

GEOFF WARD ON DEPTH/INTERNAL COMPETITION:

"Internal competition is good. It makes guys push a little harder. It's a motivator, for sure. But at the end of the day, we all understand that we're on the same team and we want the best for our team that possibly can get. Everyone involved in that room is committed to that, accountable to that. We're on the same page together. We'll put the best lineup we feel that we have to put on the ice in order to feel successful. We'll move ahead as a team, but the internal competition is certainly good. It drives guys to be better."

 

Video: "We told him to play to his strengths"

 

WARD ON AUSTIN CZARNIK:

"When I talked to him today, he knows exactly where he sits. He's healthy now and is available for selection. Right now, he's just got to be better than one of the 12 that's in. That process is going to take a little bit of time. I'm not saying he's not, right now, but we're going to let that play out through some practices for him, and get some game situations for some other guys, and we'll make those decisions on a daily basis from here."

 

CAM TALBOT ON GETTING THE START:

"It's obviously nice to get into a bit of a rhythm here and not have to wait too long between starts. I felt really good in that last year, and I'm just looking to build on that one here tonight."

 

Video: "We're looking for good bounce-back effort"

 

WARD ON TALBOT:

"It's important. We certainly don't want him sitting three weeks - which, I think, is what it was last time. We feel like he's playing well right now and we'll get Ritter some rest. We've talked about it before - we like both our goaltenders and feel like both are more than adequate to be in this league and tonight we'll get the fresh guy in and go from there."

 

TALBOT ON FACING THE PENGUINS:

"They're an extremely deep team. A hard-working team. Their backend creates a lot of chances just funnelling pucks to the net, and they've got a lot of skilled, hard-working players up front there. You can't take anyone in this league for granted, with or without some of their superstars. They've got a lot of other guys contributing up and down this lineup, and they're going to be tough to handle tonight for sure."

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