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Post Game Quotes and Numbers - Mar. 20

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets


22:13 –The time-on-ice total tonight for Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin, and why is that significant? He has played in all but two games for Columbus this season and is one of the club’s most reliable blue-liners. Tyutin has logged at least 20 minutes TOI in 45 of the past 46 games – mighty impressive considering he plays against the opposition’s top players on a nightly basis.

170 – Number of body checks thrown this season by Columbus winger Derek Dorsett, one of the best agitators in the NHL. He entered tonight’s game ranked 26th in the league in total hits and leads the Blue Jackets with 170 in 2010-11.

6 – Shots blocked in the past two games for defenseman Jan Hejda, who has been a warrior for head coach Scott Arniel this year. A regular on the club's top penalty-killing unit, Hejda rejected four shots in a 5-4 overtime win on Mar. 19 at Minnesota and added two more tonight. Entering tonight, he ranked 19th in the NHL in blocked shots.

2 – Tonight's 3-0 loss to the Devils marked the first time in franchise history that the Blue Jackets were shutout in consecutive home games.

Post-Game Quotes

Blue Jackets Head Coach Scott Arniel
Commenting on the game…

"(New Jersey) did probably the best I've seen a team get sticks and bodies in the way of shots. It was real evident, two teams – one team was very tired and one team was fresh. We didn't have much left in the tank – pretty much emptied it last night (vs. Minnesota)."

Commenting on being shutout two home games in a row…
"Anytime you get shutout at home everybody is embarrassed by it. There certainly weren't a lot of opportunities for us offensively and we didn't have any power plays, on a night when we're tired it would be nice to have a few more power plays to generate offense that way. It was a tough night and a lot of things didn’t go our way. We need to be a lot better here (at home). For some reason we're good on the road and not here. Scoring goals seems to be a tough thing here in our building. You scratch your head and try to figure out why and you figure it would be a little bit easier."

Blue Jackets Goaltender Steve Mason
Commenting on tonight's game…

"It's a crappy feeling and an embarrassing effort tonight. It's frustrating. We just couldn't generate anything in their zone. For a team that is looking for a playoff spot right now, the effort we put forth isn't acceptable."

Blue Jackets Center Derek MacKenzie
Commenting on tonight's game…

"They attack until the end of the game. We thought we had what we thought were counter measures and it really didn't kind of turn out that way for us tonight. Normally when you are getting chances they will go in. When you are not getting the chances, there's not much left to do not to get frustrated. Not to take anything away from their game tonight. Obviously they came in and did exactly what they wanted. I guess at the end of the day I have to question how desperate we were to win that."

New Jersey Devils Head Coach Jacques Lemaire
Commenting on tonight's game…

"I thought we played really, really well. I thought we played really well because this is a skating team, they are on the puck, they are trying to make you turn the puck over. When they start to come like they did at the start of the third period, they came hard and they were even skating better at the start of that third period. We started to turn the puck over a little bit at that time for only a few shifts. But after that we settled down and started to make the plays and these plays gave us life and gave us puck control and we were able to get out of the zone easily."

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