Coaches comments following Game 4

Friday, 20.04.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Coaches comments following Game 4
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Jim Playfair – Calgary Flames

On special teams:
“I think the numbers certainly say that (special teams and goaltending being the difference).I think a couple of other things come into play. I thought our composure again made some improvements in that area and I think that was important.”

On goaltending:
“Best player on our team tonight (Miikka Kiprusoff). That’s why our penalty-kill has a chance, because your goaltender has to be your best penalty-killer.”

On Todd Bertuzzi's two-point game:
“Obviously that line (Bertuzzi line) was a big line tonight; a heavy line. They accomplished what they wanted to accomplish. They got pucks to the net and they got big bodies to the net and I think he’s (Bertuzzi) a really good player.”

On the last two games at home:
“Starts are really important (what the Flames learned the last two games), we need everybody, can’t have any passengers and I thought we did a great job tonight blocking shots, I thought we competed harder.”

Mike Babcock – Detroit Red Wings

On the game as a whole:
“They got two 5-on-3 goals tonight. One we fell behind the net. So I thought our kill 5-on-4 was fine but obviously you can’t take those two. I thought on the power play we didn’t generate much until maybe our last power play and you know it’s desperation time of the game at that time and I thought they did a good job of blocking shots. When we got good opportunities their goalie made some good saves.”

On Dominik Hasek taking a first period penalty:
“He (Dominik Hasek) wasn’t trying to send a message, he was just reacting. Do I like what happened? No. Could he have handled it differently? For sure. Yet, I think there should have been a call on the play.”

On the Wings power play:
“The puck is not going in the net (on the power play) but I thought tonight we pressed. I didn’t think our power play was bad at all in the first two games. I thought it was very poor in game three. Tonight I thought we pressed and what I mean by that is you’re shooting the puck when you should be passing it and passing it when you should be shooting it. Instead of it building momentum for you, it’s building momentum for them because you’re doing things you shouldn’t be doing on it so they end up with energy from their kill.”