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SAY WHAT: TOP-LINE DOMINANCE

A rundown of what was discussed following Saturday's 3-0 win over the Canucks

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

JOHNNY GAUDREAU ON HIS THREE-POINT NIGHT:

"It's great. You always want to get off to a good start. Not only individually, but as a team. We've found the net a couple times. Powerplay's been clicking. ... It was a good game tonight. … I think I could have found the net a couple more times. Same with Mony, same with Lindy. We had a ton of chances."

 

GAUDREAU ON DAVID RITTICH'S GREAT GAME:

"Awesome. The powerplays kind of hurt us, but you could tell he was focused and was ready to go."

 

SEAN MONAHAN ON PLAY OF TOP LINE:

"We're trying to focus on the little things in the game right now, and when we're doing that and playing the right way, that's when we generate the most looks. Right now it's going well, but there's still lots of room to improve."

 

MONAHAN ON GETTING FIRST WIN:

"Anytime you're on home ice, you want to take advantage of that. Home-opener, getting that W is big and a lot of guys stepped up in different ways."

 

RITTICH ON SECOND-CAREER SHUTOUT:

"It's not just about me. We're one team. We're one family. It's teamwork. That's why we did the team-building - it's about communication and it works."

 

TRAVIS HAMONIC ON RITTICH'S PERSONALITY:

"Ritter... He's such a fun guy. You guys don't see it, but he's obviously talking a lot on the ice. He's cool, calm and collected in there. He's cracking jokes in the middle of the play. He's obviously a really fun guy to play in front of. He battles tremendously hard in there. As a D man, you want to play in front of people like that. He's such a competitive guy, he's never out of the play. His ability to play the puck and get some touches in has been key for us lately and he's making the big save when he has to."

 

HAMONIC ON REBOUNDING FROM COLORADO:

"It was good. Better effort. Obviously, the home-opener, you want to come out (hard). Crowd was ready to go. Right from Ritter on out, I thought we were really good; our gaps were really good, I thought. We created a lot of turnovers in the neutral zone with our forwards coming back. We had a lot of odd-man rushes, a couple really good looks on Markstrom. It was a really good game for our group."

 

COACH BILL PETERS ON GAUDREAU'S HOT START:

"What is that? (Multiply) it by 41 - that's a pretty good pace. Unsustainable, but a helluva pace. The reality is, he's playing the right way. He turned one over late, kind of stopped and tried to make a lateral feed. Coming off the ice, he was disappointed in himself. That's what we want. We want people to know and to recognize situations to make the right play at the right time. 2-0 game, there are certain plays that don't need to be made. We'll learn from that. We're no different than the other 30 teams in the league. We've got 80 (games) left and there's lots of room for improvement and we'll get there."

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