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November 18 - Post Game Quotes

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

Commenting on the game …
“We did pretty much everything we had to do to win the game. We made adjustments necessary from game one in their building, we did a lot of the things you need to do to against Detroit to be competitive but we lost in a shootout.”

“Their the best team in the Western Conference, but we should have a lot of confidence from this. We pushed them to the brink. They are going to be an elite team all year, we’re trying to get to their level.

“We had a lot of stretches where we were right with them and maybe even better than they were, but good teams find away to get two points when there are games like this on the line.”

Commenting on Zherdev …
“I thought he was really on the puck and checking – those were the things that stood our to me. When it was one-on-one and the other player had the puck, he was exceptional.”

Commenting on special teams …
“I think we mostly went with just the lines tonight. The biggest difference was we really worked – Westcott really helps us a lot because we’re able to find the weak side of the ice more than we did before. I think we did a lot of good things on the power play tonight.”

 

Visiting Head Coach Quotes

Detroit Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock

Commenting on getting the win on the second night of a back-to-back…
“It’s a real big win for us; winning on back to back nights is hard, especially when they’re waiting for you.”

Commenting on being 20 games in to the season…
“Things have gone well for us. What you see in our division is we are all the same, it’s unbelievable. The league is very close and I think you are in a playoff game every night.”

 

Player Quotes

 

Columbus Blue Jackets Right Wing Dan Fritsche

Commenting on the Red Wings skill level…
“Detroit’s one of the best skill teams in the league. They just never quit, that’s basically it. When they need a goal, they find ways to get one. We knew that. We just have to find ways to close good teams like that out and when the game’s on the line we need to step up and just do the right things.”

Commenting on the Blue Jackets level of play…
“We know that we can play against the best teams in the league any day, any night. We have the confidence in this room that we can do that. It’s all about putting the game plan together and going out and doing it, especially against a skill team like Detroit. It’s very critical, you have to stay patient with a team like this. You have to do all the right things. If not, they’ll shove it down your throat 10-0 by the end of the game.”

Columbus Blue Jackets Pascal Leclaire

Commenting on the penalty that put Columbus down two men…
“We didn’t hear the whistle. All we knew after was that we were down five on three. That gave them some good momentum. They got a couple goals there.”

Commenting on coming back from a 2-1 deficit…
“We bounced back from that. Our power play was good; we scored lots of goals tonight. We were in it till the end. We lost in a shootout, so it’s positive. It could be worse.”

Commenting on getting pulled briefly…
“He told me to calm down. Maybe I was a little back in my net. Sometimes it happens, you don’t realize it. They created a lot of traffic so maybe that was the tendency. He reminded me to be aggressive. That helped me. I just kind of slowed down.”

 

Columbus Blue Jackets Jiri Novotny

Commenting on Zherdev’s game…
“I think he played his best game since the start of the season. He’s a huge player and everybody knows that. Finally, he’s got confidence right now. He’s an unbelievable player. He played hard and he played for the team. It was a great job by him tonight.”

Commenting on losing shootouts…
“We’ve lost four shootouts already. That’s four points for us. Those are huge points. But everyone tried their best. The goalie tried his best, the shooters tried their best. We finally scored two goals, but Detroit scored three. We must change this because like I said before, these are huge points.”

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