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SAY WHAT: 'GIVE THE PLAYERS CREDIT'

The buzz around the rink following a big win over the Blackhawks

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

 

DARRYL SUTTER ON HOW THE GAME PLAYED OUT:

"Wasn't much left there, was there? You could see it right from the start. There's been games where we've been physically there and not quite sharp mentally, but tonight there wasn't much. But like we've talked about, it's one of those games you've got to know how to win.

"The bottom line is they are tired. We were gone the whole time in the eastern time zone, get home in the middle of the night and then have to play this game. It's almost not fair. Give the players credit."

 

ON THE LUCIC LINE:

"I think that's a really good line for us. They check and they score and they play the right way. They thrive on winning and that's why they're here - that experience is shining through with guys like that. Because they know what it takes to win and it doesn't bother them who scores and who doesn't. It's about winning."

 

ON EXPERIENCE IN THE LOCKER-ROOM:

"I think it's still filtering through our team, for sure. You can see tonight, our experience from the older guys was really important. That probably allows Lindy's line to persevere in the end too. Matthew scores the goal, but there were some plays tonight that we were just trying to stick with it and they did stick with it. And there have maybe been times in the past there they wouldn't, shows that they're still learning about that, too."

 

Video: "Give the players credit"

 

LUCIC ON LEWIS' EMPTY-NET GOAL:

"I was kind of a curler on that one, a sweeper or whatever to make sure it was going in. I knew one of their guys was coming back. Just saw it was going in, just wanted to make sure it was going in and make sure it was going in for him. … He told me that I should have put it in."

 

ON FATIGUE PLAYING A FACTOR:

"I think I speak for everyone... Especially with that flight home, I don't think anyone was in bed until 3:30, 4 in the morning. It was probably the toughest stretch out of our schedule playing nine games in 15 days. Starting in Calgary, ending in Calgary - it felt like one, big long road trip."

 

MATTHEW TKACHUK ON LUCIC-RICHARDSON-LEWIS:

"They were great. Big goal for us in the first when it was 1-1 and they were having some momentum from their tying goal and they got it pretty shortly after (ours). Got us momentum back right away when we needed it. Just throughout the night, played very solid for us and put it away for us. People don't realize how big those (empty net) goals are. We have a chance to put a team away when their goalie's pulled and they did. Past couple years, it seems like we never get those and kept teams in it until the end. ... But they did a great job putting it in for us."

 

Video: "People don't realize how big those goals are"

 

ON TOUGH SCHEDULE:

"Just tried to stay with it. I don't know if we had our best stuff tonight, necessarily, with creating and they did a solid job against us. Had some chances but mainly one and dones. They were smart with the puck; the lines we played against, (they) hemmed us in our zone a few times. That one line got one on us there in a second and wanted to get one back.

"Just looking back to last year, I think that we would have maybe been tied 2-2 and probably would have given one up the way last year went. We gave away points like that all the time. I think tonight, first game back for this three-game homestand, it was nice to really grind this one out and we were definitely battling - all over both countries the last few weeks and getting in late the other night... I think we're pretty happy with where we're at after these first 20 games."

 

ON AMERICAN THANKSGIVING THURSDAY:

"We're excited to have this three-day break. Big day for us Americans on Thursday, so we'll enjoy that and just come back ready to go on Saturday.

"Not sure what we have planned, but definitely a practice sprinkled in there. Just excited to watch football on Thursday. That's all I'm thinking about right now. ... Once Friday hits, we'll focus our attention on Saturday's game.

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