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SAY WHAT: 'START ON TIME'

A rundown of what was discussed in the dressing room following a 4-3 OT loss to the kings

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

MATTHEW TKACHUK ON TOUGH START:

"The first period isn't how we're going to be successful this year. To say it nicely. We got completely outplayed in the first. Looch (Milan Lucic) steps up and we started to turn the tide again … I think it was almost like men against boys out there. We were in their zone for maybe a shot attempt. We either turn it over or just lose possession, they'd come back, get a few shots, a few O-zone shifts. They were doing what we were doing in the second and third, setting up your next line for success by having short shifts, playing as a team, rolling each line and setting up the next one."

 

TKACHUK ON NEXT MEETING WITH KINGS/DOUGHTY:

"I'm excited for Round 2 in a couple weeks in LA."

 

ANDREW MANGIAPANE ON PLAYING CATCH-UP:

"It was definitely nice to get a point. Obviously, we didn't get off to the start we wanted but after we started chipping it in and getting the forecheck going, it started titling our way. It would have been nice to get that extra point in overtime, but it happens."

 

MANGIAPANE ON SCRUM WITH MACDERMID:

"You've got to know that Chucky brings that style, so you've got to stick it up for your teammates, you know? Derby gave him a shot there, so I just tried to break it up there and help out a teammate."

 

MILAN LUCIC ON OT LOSS:

"It was nice we were able to come back and get a point. Those 4-on-3 powerplays are tough to kill off. If you look at the first three games, especially the first one and the third one, our start in the first period hasn't been where it should be. ... We've got to find a way to start on time and go out there with a lot more energy and get engaged right off the start and not wait to get down a few goals to start playing."

 

LUCIC ON TKACHUK'S BIG GAME:

"When he got the first goal, we were able to get our game going. Once we got engaged and started to impose our will and started playing, we were able to play our game. But when we come out flat like that, it's hard to recover from."

 

COACH BILL PETERS ON BATTLING BACK:

"I thought some guys dug in for sure and did a good job of that. We got behind the eight ball early, obviously, giving up 20 shots in the opening period. Scored on, I think, the fourth shift of the game, so the start killed us. … We needed a spark. We ended up going down to three lines trying to get guys into it more. Backlund, Tkachuk and Mangiapane gave us that spark. I thought they had an opportunity on their first shift in the second (period). Had some jump. ... We got a little momentum. That was a good faceoff play, got us on the board and that changed the game a little bit."

 

PETERS ON SLOW START:

"Didn't see it coming. We had a good skate yesterday, and then we didn't skate at all at the beginning of the game, but then started to look like ourselves. … It's disappointing. And alarming, at the same time. We've got to have better starts for sure. We've got to find a way, we as a staff - and myself as a head coach - to have guys ready to go at the drop of the puck."

 

PETERS ON BEING BETTER ON THURSDAY:

"There's lots of work to be done. They're a pretty intelligent group. They're well aware of that. And they're aware that the emotional investment at the beginning of the game wasn't good enough."

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