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SAY WHAT: 'WE LEFT A LITTLE BIT OUT THERE'

A rundown of what was discussed in the dressing room following a 4-1 loss to the Penguins

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

SEAN MONAHAN ON TOUGH LOSS:

"It was a frustrating game. We came out flying in the first and I thought we played a great period. We sat back a little bit in the second, turned some pucks over, and obviously took a few penalties and they capitalized. … We had a lot of looks, we've been getting a lot of looks lately. At this time of year and where we want to be, you've got to bury those. We've got to find ways to score and we need to be better."

 

CAM TALBOT ON 29-SAVE EFFORT:

"I thought I played a pretty strong game. I really wanted that game back. I thought I made some big saves at some key moments in the game, especially in the third to give us a chance to pull the goalie, but it just wasn't meant to be tonight."

 

TALBOT ON WHEN THE GAME TURNED:

"In the second, once they capitalized right at the end of that first powerplay. Then, on the very next shift, they used that momentum, kind of buried us in our zone and we couldn't get off. They capitalized on us when we were a little tired, running around in our own end. Sometimes you need a save there and that one went right through me - six-hole. I just couldn't squeeze it enough."

 

JOHNNY GAUDREAU RE-FOCUSING FOR THURSDAY:

"You can't lose two, three games in a row. It's not a good way to have success in this league. We've got to learn from this, come ready for Montreal next. Get ready for them and try to finish this homestand off."

 

GEOFF WARD ON GENERATING OFFENCE:

"We had a lot of chances. It would have been nice to bury a couple of them. When that happens, you've just got to stick with it - stick with the process. They came back on us in the second. They found a way to get the lead, and then we were playing from behind again. We generated 43 scoring chances the last two hockey games, so we're generating enough offensively. But the thing you have to remember in this game, it's not what you make all the time. It's what you leave. And we left a little bit out there that they were able to take advantage of and cash."

 

WARD ON 'GAME MANAGEMENT':

"When we get into situations where it's crunch time, we have to stay composed and we have to manage the game a little bit better. You look at the empty-net goal. We get the puck and we're waiting for the guys to swing back with speed, but they're all standing at the blueline. So, as a result, when we move the puck up there, we're standing still, we don't get the chip deep, and it ends up in our net. Little things like that where you have to stay on task and you have to keep managing the game. Second one, we get the puck in, we miss the net, we rim the puck to the back of the net and we have a guy standing there. And instead of attacking the guy with the puck, we back off and let him step out and shoot the puck down the length of the ice. In both situations, we could have made plays and we should have made plays. But it didn't happen for us and it ends up in the back of our net."

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