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Post Game Quotes - April 5, 2009

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Post-Game Quotes

Chicago Blackhawks (0) at Columbus Blue Jackets (1) OT
April 5, 2009 – Nationwide Arena (15,957)

 

Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock
Commenting on tonight's game…

"We played much better tonight than we did yesterday. We had a slow start, but we really picked it up and it was a hell of a hockey game. Both teams went at it as hard as they could."

Commenting on the next few days…
"Just keep playing, that's what we got to do. Get rested and get healthy for Wednesday's game."

Commenting on how tough the games are right now…
"This is the playoffs. You get in (real) playoff games and you are playing two and three overtimes, overtime every second game. That's harder."

Commenting on what it takes to get into the playoffs…
"This is what it takes for non-established teams to establish a territory in the league. This is what is takes to get in (to the playoffs). There is a hell of a price to pay to get in. We're trying to teach guys how high the price is and we’re getting a lot on the job training right now. We really wanted to win this game badly and we acted accordingly. We played as hard as we could play. It is what it is right now."

Commenting on the Novotny-Chimera-Voracek line…
"Chimera-Novotny-Voracek is a really good line for us right now. Chimera has come back and really given us a big lift here. With Huselius out today, that was a huge lift for us the way he's playing right now."

Commenting on goaltender Steve Mason
"Mason was great, for me, the whole time."

 


Columbus Blue Jackets Player Quotes

Blue Jackets Left Wing Rick Nash

Commenting on tonight's game…

"We're making it hard on ourselves. We played a solid game; we just couldn't bury our chances. Both goalies were good. We couldn't find our way to the net, and (Steve) Mason kept us in the game."

Commenting on the playoff race coming down to the last week of the season…
"That's what we play all season for. This is where guys got to step up and play their best game."

Blue Jackets Defenseman Mike Commodore

Commenting on earning points in both weekend games…

"It would have been nice to win one of the two games this weekend, but we got two points. Things are still in our control. We'll be fine. I've been saying all year that I thought it was going to come down to the last week and that's exactly what's happened. Like I said, it would have been nice to win this one or last night and get three points, but our destiny is still in our hands. We don't need help. We just need to win some games. We're fine."

Commenting on the playoff race as it enters the final week of the season…
"I think that's up to the older guys or the guys that have been around (the league) for a little while. Yeah, there's extra pressure. We're trying to do something this organization has never done. Everybody's excited around here. We're excited, the front office is excited, everybody's excited. We want to clinch this as soon as possible. I don't like waking up every morning checking the standings. It's some pressure, but you got to want to make plays and make a difference in a positive way, and I think we'll be fine."


Blue Jackets Goalie Steve Mason

Commenting on both teams being desperate for points…

"They want to create some gap between us and secure their home-ice advantage for the playoffs, and we're trying to secure a playoff spot, so both teams had a lot at stake. They came out with the two points."

Commenting on the final week of the playoff race…
"We've been prepared for it all season long. We've been in this kind of situation for almost two months now, so it's nothing new. It just makes it a lot of fun to play every night."



Chicago Blackhawks Quotes

Chicago Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville
Commenting on tonight's game…

"What a hockey game. Both teams played hard, the pace was incredible. I don't know how many times we had five or six minutes of play without face offs or stoppages. The pace just never stopped. I would like to commend them for playing well. Both goalies were great. What a thrill. It was a fun game to watch and be a part of."

On the goaltending and the defense tonight…
"We had that shift in the third where we were all over them and the come down and Khabby (Nikolai Khabibulin) made a toe save. He kept us in the game at critical times. Our defense was good in our own end. It was a hard game. What a pace."


Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing Kris Versteeg

Commenting on tonight's game…

"That's a playoff-type game. The game was played very simply. Both teams really came out there and wanted that point."

Commenting on game-winning goal…
"You can't really see much going in on that goalie. I was going five-hole and I guess I got lucky and it bounced in… (Mason) is an outstanding goaltender, you saw that again tonight. Going down on him, I didn't know where I was going to shoot. I mean I really didn’t know. My confidence has been a bit low. Coming down against a guy like Mason I guess all you can do is shoot and pray to God it goes into the net."


Chicago Blackhawks Defensemen Matt Walker

Commenting on tonight's game…

"We're coming down to the playoffs and there are going to be a lot of games like that with teams playing tighter. It was a huge character game for us… Going into overtime with a 0-0 game with a lot of chances on each end, both goalies made some great saves. That was a good, tight, physical, playoff-type game."

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