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SAY WHAT: 'WE'VE GOT TO BEAR DOWN'

The buzz around the rink following Wednesday's practice

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

 

SAM BENNETT ON THE SEASON SO FAR:

"We're not where we want to be. We're behind, we're chasing and we're fighting for our lives right now. So, we've got to take it one game at a time. … We've still got a bunch of games left where we're going to work hard and compete right to the end. That's all we can control right now. That's where we sit."

 

SEAN MONAHAN ON NEW LINEMATES AT PRACTICE:

"I don't look at it as something big. We're not scoring goals and you need to mix things up. We (Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau) have played together a long time, we've had success, and right now we're not having success. We've got to mix things up and find a way to score and win games."

 

ON BEARING DOWN ON CHANCES:

"When get looks, you've got to put the puck in the net. Right now, we're not going that. It's not easy to score goals in this league and we've got to bear down. Me, especially. I've had a few Grade-A looks and when you don't put the puck in the net, it kills momentum for yourself and the team, if you can start with a goal or have the lead."

 

ON MINDSET WITH WINGERS MANGIAPANE & DUBE:

"When you play with different players, you have different reads and that sort of thing, but got to have the same mindset going into every game. I'm still playing with two great players and we've got to find a way to get the offensive knack back."

 

DARRYL SUTTER ON THREE DAYS OF PRACTICE:

"It's certainly going to help with some guys that are banged up and are playing with, or though injuries. That will help. Anytime you can get two or three days ... We can get up to speed, and this is a way of reinforcing it again and hopefully we get some positive results from it."

 

ON JOHNNY GAUDREAU/SHOT VOLUME:

"I think you can do it several ways. You can do it by seeing it, you can do it by hearing it, and you can do it by doing it. It's not just hockey - those are the three principles of getting better at something, or by doing it the right way. Other than not scoring, obviously as much as we'd like it - it's a 5-on-5 issue. You need more 5-on-5 and the way the game is played now, players like that, they can get shut down and taken away, so you've got to fight for your ice."

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