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SAY WHAT: 'THEY'RE A REAL DANGEROUS TEAM'

What was said in the dressing room after today's morning skate

by TY PILSON @typilson / CalgaryFlames.com

INTERIM COACH GEOFF WARD ON SHARKS:

"No different than what they did the last time. They're a real dangerous team in the offensive zone. I think they do a really good job getting to your net front, creating not only tipped pucks but second-shot opportunities. So for us not only how we play in our own end, especially in our net front, but how we exit our own end are going to be key things."

 

 Video: "The contribution from our back end has been good."

 

 

WARD ON BREAKOUT WIN OVER CANUCKS:

"We've been in a lot of one goal games, that's good for our group in terms of learning how to manage games and how to play with leads and how important it is the details of the game when you're in tight hockey games. Those are all good things for us to learn and to get reinforced. Once in a while when you can get out to a couple goal lead with a couple minutes left it's nice, I'll take that way more often if we can get it."

 

COACH ON MICHAEL STONE STEPPING UP:

"It's been great. You don't always know when your opportunity is going to come but you have to be ready for your opportunity. He's been excellent, his mind has been in the right place. Obviously players are disappointed when they're not in, he's no different. To be quite frank if you have a player that's not disappointed when they're not in the lineup then as a coach maybe you've got some concerns about that. But he's treated it the right way, he's stayed positive, he's really I think practiced well which is a key thing so when he has an opportunity like he's getting right now. I mean he's able to step in and be effective like he was the other night. So it's all about him how he's stayed ready, stayed mentally in a good spot and how he's really pushed himself at practice to be ready when he got his chance. Now his chance is here and he's playing well."

 

MORE ON HIS DEFENCE:

"I think the contribution of our backend has been good, they're moving the puck up. We saw a lot of defenceman joining the play the other night. I thought they were involved in the hockey game in all three zones, they've done a good job in the absence of Gio. We talked about them having to do it by committee and so far they have."

 

STONE ON INCREASED PLAYING TIME:

"It's nice. I went form not playing, to playing, to playing a lot. So it's a nice change for me. You just get into a rhythm and you just play, you don't think too much or worry about much, you just keep going so I'm looking forward to that."

 

Video: "Step in the right direction for us."

 

STONE ON CONTINUING WIN STREAK:

"Try to build off last game, we did a lot of good things so, like I said it think it's a step in the right direction and we just have to keep moving forward with that kind of style of play from us."

 

RASMUS ANDERSSON ON KILLER INSTINCT:

"Honestly we made a decision when we were in there that we weren't going to sit back (against Vancouver). We were going to go out and go after it and that's what we did. We got to 4-2 and to 5-2 and it was kind of game over, and we got the empty netter, too. Overall sixty minute really good game for our side. And even their goals, the second goal hits off a screw, we have full puck possession, it hits off a screw and they score so we knew that wouldn't faze us really. We just dominated, the second period we played really well we could have scored three or four in the period but Markstrom played really well in net. It could have been one of those nights where it could have been more and we played really well."

 

Video: "We got a little swagger back."

 

DILLON DUBE ON HIS LINE'S PLAY AGAINST VANCOUVER:

"It's up there. I think whenever you produce like that it's going to be a good line. There's been some games where we may not get the points but we battle hard it's really just a solid night. When your whole team is rolling it's usually the guys before you that do something special to be able to give you guys the opportunity. Like pin them down in the zone, we jump on and they're tired, transition comes right back and we get to capitalize on it."

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