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SAY WHAT: 'NOT GOOD ENOUGH'

The buzz around the dressing room following a 3-1 loss to the Sharks

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

MATTHEW TKACHUK ON MISSED OPPORTUNITIES:

"We threw a lot at him, but we didn't get many second chances. We've got to get more to the net and take away the eyes a little bit more. Too many one-and-dones tonight. Once they made it 2-1, we were on our heels a little bit, but we still had some chances. We just couldn't bear down and they capitalized on the chances they had."

 

TKACHUK ON BACK-TO-BACK LOSSES:

"We're in a race right now and we can't afford to give points away like we are right now. We knew that this stretch was going to be a lot of Pacific Division games - a lot of four-point games - and we haven't taken advantage of the last two on home ice. I don't know why that is, but it's definitely frustrating."

 

Video: "We threw a lot at them"

 

MIKAEL BACKLUND ON LOSING GIORDANO TO INJURY:

"He's our captain, our leader. I don't know what the status is, but hopefully it's not too bad. … I don't know the degree of the injury yet, but you're concerned when he doesn't come back into the game. Hopefully it's not as bad as we all may think. I haven't been able to go in and check yet."

 

BACKLUND ON TOUGH HOME LOSS:

"Not the result we wanted. I thought we had our looks, but again, it's not good enough and we didn't win the game. These are the games you've got to win - at home. Not good enough from our side."

 

Video: "Really tough ... not the result we wanted"

 

SEAN MONAHAN ON FLAT SECOND AND THIRD PERIOD:

"We just lost 8-3 and you've got to come out with a better effort than that. You don't want to lose two games in a row. After you get smacked like we did against Edmonton, you've got to bounce back and we didn't do that tonight."

 

MONAHAN ON WHAT THEY DID WELL EARLY:

"You want to take the momentum over as much as you can throughout a game and I think we're a team that can do that. When we do that, that's when you win games. Tonight, we had chances - but you've got to get to the net and get in the eyes of the goalie and get in the crease to score some goals. We've got to do a better job of that."

 

Video: "You have to come out with better effort that that"

 

MICHAEL STONE ON PLAYING FIRST GAME IN A MONTH:

"(I felt) good. I was excited to get back in there. There were a couple of timing plays where I felt a little rusty, but other than that I felt pretty good."

 

Video: "Good - I was excited to get back in there"

 

GEOFF WARD ON DEFENSIVE PLAY:

"Overall, we were happy with the defensive productivity that we had, but the three breakdowns that we had that allowed them to score were big breakdowns. On one hand, we're happy with where the number of pucks were that we gave up from the inside, which is much improved. But at the same point in time, we allowed them three real good chances on the inside that they capitalized on and those were all on us for sure."

 

WARD ON SHUFFLING LINES AFTER THE FIRST:

"I thought we had a lot of good looks early, and then I thought we went a little bit dormant as the period went on. Defensively, we were OK. I just felt like changing it up a little at the top end might spark something and get us going a little more. That's why we made the changes."

 

WARD ON FRUSTRATION IN THE ROOM:

"Everybody's frustrated, for sure. A little bit. I'd prefer that we were more angry than frustrated, because I think it's a totally different emotion. I think the bottom line for us is, we talked about it before - I don't think frustration does a whole lot for you. I think anger does a lot more for you. When we're sick and tired as a group of seeing this and losing games, we'll find a way to fix it. But more than anything, you've got to hate losing. I hope the emotion is more anger than frustration so that we're more prepared to do something about it. With frustration, you kind of feel like it's out of your control. Everything that's happening out there is inside our control and we've got to react in the right way to get our game back and get going in the right direction again."

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