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SAY WHAT: 'I THINK WE'VE BEEN SOLID'

What was said in the dressing room after the morning skate

by TY PILSON @typilson / CalgaryFlames.com

INTERIM COACH GEOFF WARD ON TONIGHT'S TILT:

"Just play our game, show up ready to play. We talked about it, the game the other night is over we have to prepare now for LA. We have to make sure we're here and we're focused on this game. Ready to get out and get to our game quickly and play our game and we'll take that from there, and tomorrow's a new day and we'll get onto that after tonight."

 

Video: "The secondary scoring is always huge."

 

 

WARD ON TEAM'S RECENT SCORING BREAKOUT:

"It's more important not that we score the goals - which is nice - but how we're scoring them. That's the most important thing we have to remember, how these goals are being manufactured. We have to continue to be direct, get bodies through the inside, work for those second and third shot opportunities and try to make it hard for the goaltender to see the puck."

 

ON INJURED D-MAN TRAVIS HAMONIC:

"As much as we miss Hammer and how important he is to our lineup, the most important lineup is the one that's on the ice, so our focus has to be there. Hopefully we get him back real, real quick, he's an important part of our team. Not only with what he does on the ice but also in our locker-room as a veteran presence there, his voice is needed there it will be good to get him back."

 

OLIVER KYLINGTON ON TWO-GAME WIN STREAK:

"I think we've been solid, I think we've been playing really good down low and just communicating makes it so much easier. Being clean with exits and passes. I think we just need to keep doing what we've been doing the past two games here moving into the LA game tonight."

 

Video: "I think we've been solid."

 

MARK JANKOWSKI ON ROAD SUCCESS:

"We've been good on the road recently. We've come in here with a work mentality, we're not taking any team lightly. We come in every game with the confidence we can win any game if we play our game. I think we have to stick to our game plan, and I think we've been doing that really well on the road lately so we'll have to keep that up tonight."

 

ANDREW MANGIAPANE ON DEPTH SCORING:

"That's what we need, that's how we were built, we have four lines. We have two of our defenceman out right, goaltending has been great for us, and that's just how we are as a team right, it's not just one or two guys carrying it, it should be the whole team. Everybody doing why they were brought here and that's why we've been winning games."

 

ON TEAM GETTING ITS GROOVE BACK:

"I think we do have swagger, I think it's growing every game. Every time we play together we're growing as a group and we're getting closer together as a family. And that's important to have right, it goes with confidence. When you have a lot of confidence and you're playing well as a team and everything you keep growing. And even if you make a mistake out there its ok because you have the confidence to go out there next shift and do the right play and keep building off your game. That's how everyone is kind of taking it in building it shift by shift."

 

WARD ON SCARY SITUATION WITH JAY BOUWMEESTER:

"How good the first responders are, never ceases to amaze me the job they do … these things happen, and I think its unfortunate that they do, but when you take a look at what happens with people and I know myself I've had a few episodes. Once you have that you understand how prevalent it can be. It's a lot more common than people think ... just understanding these cardiac episodes do happen. I don't think the athletic community is excluded form it obviously. You never like to see it happen but the fact that we can trust the first responders are there, they're capable and do a great job. They make it a lot easier on the players knowing they have real good professionals there to help if there is a case like that. Our thoughts are out to Bo and his family, we wish him a quick recovery.

 

Video: "Hopefully he recovers full and can play again soon."

 

MIKAEL BACKLUND ON BOUWMEESTER:

"It was very scary, see it happening. I was shocked when I saw it on Instagram, too, so I had to look it up and see what happened. Scary scenes, I talked to (head athletic therapist) Kent (Kobelka) this morning asking if he knew how he was doing and he said Bo is recovering and doing well today. You never want to see any player go through that, especially if you've played with a guy it's really tough to see." 

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