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SAY WHAT: 'HE WAS FEELING IT'

Post-game quotes following David Rittich's 34-save shutout

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

 

DAVID RITTICH ON HIS FOURTH-CAREER SHUTOUT:

"I found out this morning. (Goaltending Coach Jason LaBarbera) told me yesterday, it's up to how Marky is going to feel, and in the morning, he came to me and said I was starting. They said there was a chance I was going to play, so I prepared myself as if I was going to play. The guys helped me a lot with the blocked shots. You could really see the team effort. … I felt confident in each of my starts. I don't really know why I shouldn't be confident. I had a couple tough games, but even Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton, I felt confident, I felt good."

 

Video: CGY@TOR: Rittich reaches back with the stick for save

 

SEAN MONAHAN ON A BIG TWO POINTS:

"It's a long year and there's ups and downs, and I don't think we were playing great hockey. It's a starting point for us. As a group, we know what's at stake here and we're all on the same page here. We've all got to jump on board and continue this."

 

MATTHEW TKACHUK ON 'THE RESPONSE':

"Big game. Obviously, we weren't happy with the past few, especially the one on Saturday. It's a big stage for us. Had a little extra motivation right before the game, finding out some things, so we were ready go from puck drop today. We wanted to try and prove to ourselves, especially, that we still know we're a great hockey team. I know one (win) doesn't show the whole picture, but it shows that when we play hard, play for each other - a couple special team goals and solid goaltending - great team win."

 

ON RITTICH'S GREAT GAME:

"Unreal. He was feeling it there. He was confident, he was calm... Just everything you want to see from a goalie. Can't say enough great things about him and his play all year. He's kept us in every game he's played so far and we haven't provided much run support - we've been playing terrible in front of him, actually. We wanted to battle hard for him today because we knew he was battling really hard for us."

 

Video: CGY@TOR: Rittich shuts down Maple Leafs for shutout

 

ON WHAT THE WIN MEANS FOR THE GROUP:

"At the end of the day, in the standings, all it is in two points. It's not like we got 10 from this game. We still have some ground to make up. We know they're going to come hard next game. No one likes getting shut out, especially in their own building."

 

GEOFF WARD ON CRUCIAL 5-ON-3 KILL:

"It was huge. Probably THE turning point in the hockey game. The job those guys did getting that killed off, the shot blocks, the positioning, the second efforts, the saves, it was a huge, huge moment for us and I thought it shifted a lot of momentum in the game."

 

ON A SENSE OF RELIEF:

"Probably for tonight, there would be a little relief. It's always good when you get rewarded for your effort and certainly the guys were rewarded tonight. Now, it's about how we deal with it and move on. But lots of good things. The emotion and the smiles and everything else, there's a certain amount of relief with it. I think the guys are happy that they were able to have the right response. ... Credit to them for sticking with it."

 

ON RITTICH'S 34 SAVES:

"It gives our group a lot of confidence. He's played an awful lot of good hockey for us, was an all-star last year. We've got two really good goaltenders here. We have depth at the position and tonight, we saw it. The guys like playing in front of David, they have confidence in him. He's feeling it again and it couldn't have come at a more opportune time for us and for him."

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