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SAY WHAT: FIRST IMPRESSIONS

A rundown of what was discussed Friday at the 'Dome

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

TRAVIS HAMONIC ON SACRIFICING THE BODY:

"Sometimes you have to do some things that don't feel too good all the time. You know what you're doing and you put yourself in a position to do it, and anything at this time of year to help the team. Everyone's got a role and a job to do, and especially on the kill. That's an important part of our penalty kill is guys getting in lanes and sacrificing the body. Guys have done it all year and that's a big key for us moving forward."

 

Video: "Anything at this time of year to help team win"

 

MATTHEW TKACHUK ON KEY GOAL IN THE SECOND:

"It's nice feeling when the building erupts like it did. It did twice. Once when it originally went in, then again when it reviewed and it (stood). It's a good feeling. The part that kind of gets undercooked is how Hath, Doc and Mang were able to draw that penalty and almost score on that play. I thought they were all over it, especially in the second period."

 

Video: COL@CGY, Gm1: Tkachuk deflects in shot for PPG

 

GARNET HATHAWAY ON PLAYOFF ATMOSPHERE:

"The fans are unbelievable here. The building was absolutely rocking. … Same game. The rules are the same. The building's louder. You could feel the energy on the bench. We get that from the fans. It was a little more physical. We were finishing hits. Every guy. Johnny (Gaudreau) had a couple. No one's taking a second off."

 

HATHAWAY ON DAG LINE SUCCESS:

"There are a lot of small details that we have with our game. We have good speed on our line. Then, if you look at Doc in the faceoff circle, he was second-overall in the league for a reason. We play well when we have the puck and we have it most of the time."

 

Video: "We stuck with our game plan"

 

ANDREW MANGIAPANE ON HIS PLAYOFF DEBUT:

"First couple of shifts, we just wanted to get our legs underneath us, first (NHL) playoff game for all three of us. We just wanted to keep it simple. At the beginning, I was a little nervous. Eager to get going. But I calmed down and started to play more of a line game."

 

Video: COL@CGY, Gm1: Mangiapane scores beauty for Flames

 

DEREK RYAN ON STAYING DISCIPLINED:

"That's big. Especially against a team like Colorado, who thrives on the powerplay. ... Their first powerplay unit's pretty deadly, so obviously we need to tighten up and not give them those opportunities, but at the same time, when those chances do come it's nice for our penalty kill to step up and get a kill, first off, and gain momentum for us as well."

 

Video: "Fans want to see speed and skill"

 

BILL PETERS ON SMALLER PLAYERS HAVING BIG IMPACT:

"You're always looking for competitive players more than anything. I'd rather than a 5-foot-11 guy that's competitive and in the trenches every night than a 6-foot-4 guy who's on the perimeter. We don't worry about that. We just worry about who's in the heart of the game and doing a lot of the heavy lifting."

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