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SAY WHAT: HAVE TO STAY PATIENT

A rundown of the key storylines prior to Tuesday's tilt in the desert

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

CAM TALBOT ON GETTING THE START:

"I'm looking forward to it. It was three weeks between starts last time, and now it's only been three days. It's always nice to come off of a big win at home and get another start here quickly."

 

TALBOT ON BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FROM LAST START:

"How well I rebounded after the first couple goals. That could have been tough to come back from after not being in the net for three weeks, and allowing two (goals) on the first four shots is not the start you're looking for. But I thought I settled down after that and made some big saves."

 

Video: "It's always nice ... to get another start quickly"

 

TALBOT ON MOOD AROUND THE RINK:

"It's light because guys are going out there and having fun. On the bench, there's a lot more discussion going on. It's not negative, guys aren't getting down as much as before. But there's also the business side of it, too, that we know that we've got to put our work boots on and go to work every night. There's no easy game in this league, so as much as you want to keep it light and keep the boys upbeat on the bench, there's still that business attitude."

 

DEREK RYAN ON LAST NIGHT'S WIN:

"It was a gutsy win. We knew that before the game - we were talking about how important the game was going to be on a lot of different levels. For this year, the roll we've been on, the standings... (It was) a statement game from last year. It's regular season, so you can't really call it revenge, but it still feels good to go into that building and get a win and to play as well as we did."

 

Video: "I think we can make another statement here"

 

RYAN ON DILLON DUBE'S GREAT PLAY OF LATE:

"He's played excellent. He's playing with a lot of confidence and that's huge in Dillon's game. You saw, at points last year when he was called up, he was hesitant, a little scared to make a mistake. But now he's holding onto pucks, he's making plays, he's not scared to make a mistake, he's playing his game, and that's huge for him, having confidence and being able to play the game that he has the last 10 games."

 

MARK GIORDANO ON CONFIDENCE IN THE ROOM:

"Getting wins is the only way to get that back. The first few wins of this five-gamer, points in seven, we were grinding and still not really scoring that much and winning 2-1 or 3-2. But now you see, with the wins comes confidence and guys start holding the pucks more and making plays."

 

Video: "Every single guy ... is doing important things"

 

GEOFF WARD ON FACING THE COYOTES:

"You've got to stay patient. There's not going to be a lot of room out there. We understand that going into the game. They play real well away from the puck and we're going to try and play well away from the puck. You can't panic and start to open up and try to make things happen. You've got to play defence to get your offence and be patient enough that when they come, you can take advantage of them. I think it's going to be a good, hard hockey game tonight and we're looking forward to it."

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