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SAY WHAT: SHIFTING FOCUS

A rundown of what was discussed Tuesday at the team hotel in Denver

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

MARK GIORDANO ON GAME 3 LOSS:

"You always look at games after and you realize, when you think they're really good, they're not that good - and when they're really, really bad, they're not that bad. I know last night we gave up a ton of chances and a ton of shots, but it was because we were trying too hard. We were trying to erase that three-goal lead right away and were taking too many risks."

 

GIORDANO ON COUNTERING AVS' OFFENCE:

"Right now, they're feeling good about themselves and they're playing with a lot of confidence. There is no reason for us to be playing with any sort of fear. Let's go out and have fun and play with confidence."

 

Video: 'We took too many chances ... we'll clean that up"

 

SAM BENNETT ON RE-GROUPING FOR GAME 4:

"No one's worried on our team right now. We believe in this group. We know how good we are and how good we can be. We're losing games right now because we're not playing our best or anywhere close to our best. I think when we get back to our level, it's going to change the whole series."

 

MATTHEW TKACHUK ON GETTING MOMENTUM BACK:

"If we come in tomorrow, put a great effort in, we don't sit back, we go after them and dictate the play, we come out of here with hopefully a better result. They came into Calgary and got the split there, so hopefully we can do the same tomorrow."

 

Video: "I think we're ... playing too conservative"

 

JOHNNY GAUDREAU ON TUESDAY'S TEAM MEETING:

"All over the ice, they outplayed us. We know that and it was a good day today, we learned some things. Didn't play like we've played all year and we know that. We'll be better."

 

Video: "Everyone has to look at their own games"

 

NOAH HANIFIN ON DEFENDING NATHAN MACKINNON:

"We're giving them too much. He's so good on transition. Coming up through the D zone, picking up the puck, picking up speed and making a great play. The best way to play against a player like that is to frustrate him and not give him all the time to pretty much toy around and have fun out there. We've got to do a better job with that and not feed their transition so much."

 

Video: "He's hard to stop sometimes"

 

BILL PETERS ON FOCUS FOR GAME 4:

"There are lessons after last night. We lost too many battles. One-on-one battles, one-on-one footraces, we're losing those. Our ability to win those will be important moving forward."

 

Video: "We have to get better and we will be"

 

PETERS ON MIKE SMITH'S 50 SAVES IN GAME 3:

"We've got a few guys that are fully engaged in the game at the right level. Smitty's one of them. He didn't want to come out. He's had a full day to recover and we all know how good of shape he's in, so he'll be fine for tomorrow."

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