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SAY WHAT: 'THERE'S NO BETTER FEELING'

A rundown of what was discussed following a big 3-1 win over the Senators

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

MATTHEW TKACHUK ON GETTING THE W:

"It's been pretty crazy [around here], but being able to settle in back home after a lengthy road trip, and now we have a long homestand that we need to gain some points in. It's good that we got the two points tonight because we're off for the next five days (before) we play next Thursday. Once the game happens next Thursday, a bunch of the teams that were behind us [in games] are going to start catching up, so we'll have a good idea of where we sit. It was important tonight to get the two."

 

MILAN LUCIC ON HIS BEVY OF CHANCES:

"I don't know how you can get any closer. It's easy to get frustrated, easy to get down, easy to smash sticks and that type of stuff. But I went through that and that didn't work, so I'm just trying to do anything I can to score a goal here. I know the fans would love to see it - I appreciate them 'Loo'-ing me out there. I would love to get one for my teammates, and for them, as well."

 

LUCIC ON HIS LINE WITH DILLON DUBE & DEREK RYAN:

"We're creating a lot of chances. We got that first one tonight, which is huge. ... I feel like it's just a matter of time where we're able to pot more than just one a night. But our main focus needs to be on what we're doing to create those chances and that's helping our team play the right way."

 

DILLON DUBE ON LEARNING FROM LUCIC:

"It's awesome playing with a guy like that. It gives you a lot of confidence and just learning from him, because he's done everything you can in the league. It's awesome to be around him."

 

DUBE ON THE BREAK IN THE SCHEDULE:

"It's great. We've had a lot of games, a lot of road games, and I think it's nice to finish one out there and get some practice days in and settle down a little bit. It's going to be nice."

 

GEOFF WARD ON FLAMES' DEFENSIVE STRUCTURE:

"I thought we were tracking it really well, allowing our forwards to stand up behind it. I thought the guys did a good job, when they didn't have anything in front, to get the puck behind them and go to work. I thought we did a really good job of keeping the puck to the outside for most of the night. ... When you've got bodies around the puck, it's easier, too. You're not reaching to regain control, you're not reaching with your stick to make a last-gasp effort to get in front of him and do something. The fact that we had more guys around the puck tonight, supported it well, we didn't have to reach or pull or find ourselves in situations where you often get those penalties."

 

WARD ON LUCIC'S DOMINANT GAME:

"He's playing really well," Ward said. "He's getting in on the forecheck, winning pucks. ... He's not getting rewarded with goals right now, but he's getting chances because he's playing so well away from the puck and playing hard. Eventually, they're going to drop for him. Everyone's going to be real happy. Not only the guys on the bench, but it seems like the fans are dying for him to get one. It'll come at some point, but he's doing an awful lot of things to get the chances. He's playing well right now and we like the game he's putting out there right now. I've got nothing but good things to say about his game right now."

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