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SAY WHAT: PLAYOFF INTENSITY

A rundown of what was discussed following the Flames' 2-1 win over the Ducks

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

ANDREW MANGIAPANE ON HIS GWG:

"It was definitely a tight game. Nice quick up play by (T.J. Brodie). I tried to give it to (Garnet Hathaway) there and it hit off the guy's skate, came back to me and I had an empty net. Definitely a nice feeling to get that goal. That's a big two points. ... We're keeping it simple. We're limiting our turnovers. We played a full 60. That's helping us."

 

MIKE SMITH ON THE TEAM'S COMPOSURE:

"It felt like a playoff game. I thought our team handled it really well. I thought I was able to see the puck most of the time and make the saves, but the guys in front of me were real solid and as a group, we played (well) against a good hockey team that's really desperate right now. Just shows we can play a different style of game. That was a close one - there weren't many mistakes out there."

 

SMITH ON THE UNUSUAL DUCKS GOAL:

"Three things that happened. It kind of died on me on the boards. I broke my stick. And I ran into (Brodie) on the way back into the net. Three things like that happen, it usually doesn't end too well for you. It's over. It's done with. There's no sense on harping on it."

 

MATTHEW TKACHUK ON MANGIAPANE'S BIG GOAL"

"Huge. That line's been unreal for us in the last 10 or so games, since we got back from that bye week. They continued it tonight. They've been awesome. I don't remember any shifts of theirs in the D zone today. … A great reward for Mang to get one there at the end when he was humming the whole game."

 

BILL PETERS ON MANGIAPANE'S DEVELOPMENT:

"He's a dynamic little guy. He's competitive. He's hard on pucks. He's tenacious. He goes into the hard areas. We really like him a lot. ... He's spent his time and learned the craft in the American League, which is good to do and important, and he's come up here now and that line's been real important to us."

 

PETERS ON THE TIGHT-CHECKING PACE:

"It was a grind. There wasn't a lot of room. The shots were 6-5 in the first and it opened up a little bit in the second with the long change. Then it tightened right back up again. It was a grind. Not a lot of room out there. They defended hard and we did a good job in our own D zone. Credit to the guys for sticking with it and showing some maturity in that regard. We didn't open ourselves up and make ourselves vulnerable for any counters.

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