Elias Lindholm contributed a goal and two assists for the Calgary Flames in their 5-2 victory against the Vancouver Canucks. In an interview with the media, Lindholm revealed the recipe for his team's great performances. The key to their success seems to be the fact that they work harder than others.
"I think a lot has changed," Lindholm said, as quoted by NHL. "I think we're following the system more, more dialed in, winning more battles, and we're working harder, all it comes down to. There's a lot of good teams in this league and you're not going to win on skill.
We're one of those teams that have to work harder than the other team to win games, and I think we've started realizing that." Vancouver forward Dakota Joshua was aware even before the match that a difficult challenge awaited them.
His team was unable to impose its tempo. Defensively, they didn't look their best. However, the priority is to forget about this match as soon as possible and focus on the next challenges. "It was a tough game,"-Dakota Joshua said.
"We've got to find a way to still be productive in those tough back-to-backs. We didn't really do a good job of that through the first 40 (minutes), but it was still right there at the end. Came up on the wrong side of this one, but back at it Saturday (against the Seattle Kraken)."
Rick Tocchet reactsVancouver coach, Rick Tocchet, believes that his team was tired.
Although he tried to prepare them in the best possible way, his team could not provide more than this. It is necessary that they forget about this as soon as possible, give their best in training, and try to fix things. "I think we were tired.
It caught up to us. The second half of the game, listen, they didn't quit. I got no problem. But you've got to learn how to play tired. You've got to manage the puck a little more. Sometimes you have to play tired, better angles, protect the middle, live for other shifts.
You can't hit a home run every shift. I think that's our downfall tonight. "- Tocchet said.