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SAY WHAT: LOOOOOCH

A rundown of what was discussed following a 5-1 win over the Red Wings

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

MILAN LUCIC ON FIRST POINT AS A FLAME:

Lucic finished with one assist, four shots and five hits

"Just getting in on the forecheck and winning a battle. Another thing, too, Benny getting up there and being in the right spot and making it a bang-bang play. For both of us, at times it's been frustrating to start the year because we've been working hard and nothing's really been going our way, but it's good to get one there - and a big goal - to start off the third period."

 

LUCIC ON SECONDARY SCORING:

"It's everything to a team's success. You look at the teams that finish at the top of the standings every single year, it's (because) of contributions throughout. You look at the Stanley Cup winner at the end of the year, it's not just one guy or two or three lines carrying the load - it's different guys stepping up at different times. You need that contribution throughout the lineup if you want to have success. Maybe we needed to get challenged a little sooner as a group about our secondary scoring, but it's a good feeling for us to step up and contribute in these last two wins."

 

Video: "You need that contribution throughout the lineup"

 

MARK GIORDANO ON LUCIC'S BIG NIGHT:

"He's been all around it. Tonight, he had a lot of looks. He's a guy who doesn't get appreciated enough for the little plays that he (makes). I've been really impressed since he got here with his defensive play, getting pucks out. Happy to see him get rewarded. Nice that the fans cheered for him and were saying his name a bunch. It was fun."

 

RYAN ON LUCIC:

"He was good. He's been good lately, getting dialled in, getting more comfortable with where he fits on the team. He's been holding onto pucks, making plays, getting in on the forecheck and he's been really good."

 

RYAN ON HIS FIRST GOAL OF THE YEAR:

"It was kind of an ugly one. It feels good either way."

 

Video: "You always want to get that first one"

 

DAVID RITTICH ON 27 SAVES:

"It's why I'm in the net, no? I'm trying my best and I'm trying to give guys confidence. If I make some big saves, they're going to score and that happened today and I'm happy with that."

 

Video: "We played well tonight, we didn't give up too much"

 

BILL PETERS ON LUCIC'S GAME:

"That was a big play by him on the forecheck. He got there. He was there, created a turnover, made a play to Benny and good hands in tight. On the next one, I'm not really sure what happened but we were tight around the net, and that's where you've got to go to score goals, right? We're in the blue paint, in where you pay a price to score goals. A lot of good signs. I thought Looch was good. I thought Looch made a big impact on the game."

 

PETERS ON BIG SAVES BY RITTICH EARLY

"It's huge. Momentum, right? I thought our first period was good, minus those first couple shifts. He made a big save there. He's solid. He's been good all year, he's been good right from training camp on. I thought his goalie touches were better tonight. It's something we take a lot of pride in and we're going to get better at and patient with it. ... Confident guy, playing real well."

 

Video: "We want to hold onto it, we want to make plays"

 

PETERS ON DEFENSIVE EFFORT:

Was this their best game all year?

"Definitely in spurts. I didn't think we were tight in the second. I think in the third it came down to us having the puck more. That's how we want to play. We want to hold on it, make plays and be responsible with the puck. Sometimes the right play is to chip it in and establish the forecheck, but sometimes we need to hold onto it and I thought we did a better job of that tonight. I think we've done a better job in our last three games, so that's an encouraging sign."

 

PETERS ON LINDHOLM/MANGIAPANE INJURIES:

"No (update). That's important, obviously. We're going to go on the road here tomorrow, a good back-to-back, a good stern test on the road. Hopefully all hands on deck but I have not got an update."

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