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SAY WHAT: 'NOT TOO HIGH, NOT TOO LOW'

Flames keepin' it even-keel day after thumping the Oilers

by TY PILSON @typilson / CalgaryFlames.com

MATTHEW TKACHUK ON THE VIBE:

"Up-tempo practice. I mean, mood's how it should be - not too high, not too low. It was a good win but, I mean it wasn't like it was a season-on-the-line type of game ... we want to have the mentality that we know we can go in there and win those games. We're confident and it's almost just another game."

 

Video: "This stretch in our schedule is no cake walk"

 

TKACHUK ON TOUGH ROAD AHEAD:

"This stretch on our schedule is no cake walk. This is a time where we are playing a lot of teams in the West, coming up, a lot of teams that are in and around us in the standings. Van here and then we got Chicago twice, we have Minny twice - just a lot of teams that are fighting for their lives, sort of, right now. They don't want to get behind the eight-ball going into the second-half stretch."

 

Video: "Been feeling good (as a) line for a long time now"

 

ELIAS LINDHOLM ON WIN OVER OIL:

"I think we shut their best players down and didn't give them much and I think we played good defensive game there and were rewarded offensively."

 

LINDHOLM ON HIS LINE:

"Ya, obviously, that's nice to start that way in a game, 11 seconds in. Been feeling good for a line for a long time now, so just got to keep building chemistry and be better."

 

Video: "Well, we're businesslike - that's the biggest thing"

 

GEOFF WARD ON HIS TEAM RIGHT NOW:

"Well, we're businesslike - I think that's the biggest thing. We came in focused on the game (against Edmonton), we weren't staying in the break and I thought we got ourselves really well prepared for the game. Credit to the guys. I liked our focus before the game. I liked the way that they stayed on it - stayed on task during the game. And I liked the way they were today at practice. They're not sitting in yesterday's game, they're getting ready for Vancouver. So, all in all, I think that's probably the biggest thing for me coming out of the break, was how businlesslike we are, and how focused we are right now on playing hockey."

 

Video: Coach compares Lindholm to Bergeron

 

WARD COMPARING LINDHOLM TO PATRICE BERGERON:

"We talked about it yesterday, he plays a 200-foot game, he plays all three zones. He takes pride in what he does, both offensively and defensively. For him, it's about what do I need to do to help the team ... He's a reliable player, he's a player you can use in all situations, he's a player you can play at centre or on the wing ... so, you know, in that regard, he's exactly like Patrice. And the fact that we have a guy sort of rounding into that character player, I think for our locker-room and for our team concept, is excellent." 

 

WARD ON UPCOMING GAMES:

"Our goal is to get better every day as a team. These are building blocks for us. We realize the importance of every game moving into the second half of the schedule now. We like where our team is at, we like that we're approaching things on a daily basis. Our head space is exactly where it need to be right now."

 

Video: "Everybody felt great ... we used it to our advantage

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