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SAY WHAT: 'STAYED WITH IT AND BATTLED'

The buzz around the locker-room following a 5-4 shootout loss to the Blues

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

CAM TALBOT ON HOW THE GAME PLAYED OUT:

"You could tell there were some execution issues and coverage both ways. Coming out of the break, that's what you expect, I guess. We got one big point but we needed the second."

 

TALBOT ON HIS NIGHT:

"Tough start in the first. Thought I made a few good saves, but needed to come up with a couple more there in the first to keep it closer. I thought we did a good job in the second and I settled down, and thought I played a pretty good third, but obviously needed some saves in the shootout."

 

Video: "We got one big point but we needed the second."

 

BUDDY ROBINSON ON HIS STRONG GAME:

"Personally I felt good. It's disappointing not to get the two points. To come here, and in order to stick, you want to be part of a winning hockey team. So, obviously it's disappointing not to get the two points there. But, personally, I felt good, was able to get my feet moving. I just wanted to prove that I'm able to get in on the forecheck and be a factor at this level. To get a few extra shifts was pretty motivating to me and it's only going to drive me further at this level. I'm going to work even harder so I can make this is a full-time thing."

 

ROBINSON ON PLAYING WITH PAL JOHNNY GAUDREAU:

"It was fun. Got a couple chances that we talked about there. He had the breakaway, but yeah. It's a dream to play with a close friend that you grew up with, but now that the first one's out of the way, it's over, it's time to go back to work. We've got a couple big games against Edmonton - I hear it's a pretty big rival, so if I'm in the lineup, I'll be ready to go and I'll have some fun with it."

 

Video: "I'm going to work even harder"

 

GAUDREAU ON ROBINSON'S PLAY:

"I thought he was great. I loved playing with him in the third. When I was chipping pucks in, he was all over the puck, getting pucks back. Had a chance to bury there in the third. He made a great play to me, too, in the second and I should have buried that. I thought he was great tonight."

 

Video: "I thought we did a lot of good things."

 

MATTHEW TKACHUK ON TURNING THE PAGE TO EDMONTON:

"Honestly - tonight, we've got to go over this this one. We've got to figure out what we can do better, and how we can go into Edmonton and win the game. But, honestly, I haven't really thought about what tomorrow is going to bring."

 

Video: "I thought we played solid enough to win"

 

GEOFF WARD ON TALBOT'S 30-SAVE EFFORT:

"Two of the first three we left him out to dry. No chance on it. He made some saves. Probably, for him, I liked the way that he stayed with it. He gave us an opportunity to get to overtime and to get the extra point. Probably for him, not as - what's the best way to put it - as smooth as he'd like to have it the first game back, but I think you have to consider the circumstances. First game back, they played last night, so all in all, I thought he stayed with it and battled."

 

WARD ON LINE JUGGLING:

"I liked the way they (Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Derek Ryan) started, for sure. I just felt like we wanted to get Derek back to centre and the way that Buddy Robinson was playing, we felt that we could move him into that role - and he did a great job."

 

Video: "I thought we got good contributions..."

 

WARD ON ROBINSON:

"I thought he was playing with a lot of energy. He was using his size well, was in on the forecheck. He sent Johnny in on the breakaway. He played well. ... He definitely earned the opportunity to move over there."

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