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October 27, 2007 - Post Game Quotes

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

San Jose Sharks at Columbus Blue Jackets


Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

Commenting on the game…
"I think the thing that is impressive for us is it was our sixth game in 11 days. We are learning to play with the lead by not sitting back and going after it. The third period here was more impressive than the third period against St. Louis."

"It was a hard game and San Jose was really determined to make a mends for yesterday and it was a hard game today."

"Both teams realized there wasn't a lot of gas in the tank. I don't think either team wanted to get caught giving up scoring opportunities because of it. They were short shifting – we were short shifting and both teams are playing a lot of hockey right now – they are a big, physical hockey club and we new we couldn’t give them easy ice."


Commenting on Malhotra, Fritsche, Chimera Line …
"Well they got one after 27 chances, so… they're getting better."


Commenting on Jiri Novotny…
"He's been an exceptional player. We've given him the opportunity to be a go-to-player, he's a regular 5-on-5 player, he's on the power-play unit, he's on the penalty killing unit, he's really helped us a lot. He's a very competitive, strong positional player."


Player Quotes


Columbus Blue Jackets Center Sergei Fedorov

Commenting on tonight's game…
"I think we are a difficult team to go over the middle of the ice. I think we didn't make any turnovers in the neutral zone."


Commenting on his goal…
"We had good coverage at the net. The goalie didn't see it all the way through. Mainly you shoot back there for the tips and the rebounds, but it went in. You can't slow down; you have to keep playing aggressive hockey and playing as much as you can in the offensive zone."


Commenting on the team…
"I think just seems to be everyone starts getting along and how they should play and what role they are playing. I personally feel a little more comfortable every game I go in. I know what they expect of me and just trying to focus on that and trying to do my job as good as possible.


Columbus Blue Jackets Right Wing Dan Fritsche

Commenting on the motivation…
"There's not one person, magazine, publisher, anything that has us making the playoffs this year. That's exactly what we want. We have a lot of people to prove wrong and a lot of respect to gain still and we’re on our way."


Commenting on staying consistent…
"We just have to stay honest. Times like this you can't get too high. When things are going bad, you can't get too low. We have to find that equal level where we play consistent all season."


Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltender Pascal Leclaire

Commenting on the win…
"Like I said before, the shutouts are a team thing and I don't base my play on that. To me it's to win hockey games. We could have won 7-6 tonight, as long as we get the win… we need points in the standings. Whatever happens, we just want to play solid."

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