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SAY WHAT: 'TREAT IT AS A MUST-WIN'

The buzz around the locker-room ahead of tonight's tilt with the Montreal Canadiens

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

SEAN MONAHAN ON GETTING BACK ON TRACK:

"We've got to treat this as a must-win. We've got to get back on track and get back in the win column, and it starts tonight."

 

MONAHAN ON FACING THE HABS:

"Good goaltending and they're a hungry team right now, but so are we. We've got to set the bar high right from puck drop and carry that through 60 minutes."

 

Video: "We've got to treat this is a must-win."

 

JOHNNY GAUDREAU ON GENERATING OFFENCE:

"They've got some small, fast, skilled players, and one of the best goaltenders to play. We've got our hands full there. We've played teams that have had good goaltending and we haven't been able to get past it, so we've got to make sure we're in his eyes and try to get traffic in front of the net."

 

Video: "We've got our hands full."

 

MIKAEL BACKLUND ON FIRST-PERIOD SUCCESS:

"We haven't been rewarded as much in the first period the last two games. When you get that many chances, you just want to get one. It's been hurting a little bit, but we've got to learn from that, stay patient, and keep playing the same game."

 

Video: "We've got to do a better job today."

 

GEOFF WARD ON GETTING TO PRICE:

"It's not unlike any other goaltender. We have to make him make saves. We have to be volume shooters tonight. We have to make him make a lot of stops - make him make second stops, third stops... Make sure we're getting traffic in his eyes and making it difficult for him to make saves and keep him back in his crease."

 

Video: "You really have to have a present-oriented focus."

 

WARD ON BEING 'VOLUME SHOOTERS':

"It's about being in a position where we can catch him when he's vulnerable. Not allowing him to reset, not allowing him to anticipate, not allowing him to get out and establish the angle where he needs to have it. All those things in terms of numbers around the net are going to make it harder for him, so that's really what we focus on. The other thing, too, is that there's really no bad shot for us. If you don't have a play and you know there are guys going to the net - which there should be - it's never a bad play to get the puck there. Put the puck in his feet, make him do some things with it where he might kick out a rebound, he might bobble the puck where we can pounce on it and take advantage."

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