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Post Game Quotes - Dec. 11, 2008

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Nashville Predators at Columbus Blue Jackets


December 11, 2008 – Nationwide Arena

 

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock
Commenting on tonight's game…
"We got rewarded for good play. We did a lot of good things again. It was a little sketchy when they scored that first goal after playing like that, but we stuck with it. We've got to continue to play at this pace. We've played really well against teams ahead of us in the standings."

Commenting on playing Nashville…
"(Nashville) takes advantage of our over anxiousness. They almost did it again today. They play a very patient, mature game on the road. They really believe they can win the game 1-0."

Commenting on Commodore shooting the puck and scoring his first goal…
"That's another one of those power play goals that they're not going to count as a power play goal. We've had 20 of those this season, so that means our percentage should be 16.5 percent by my calculations, which puts us in the middle of the pack."

Commenting on the movement of the puck on the power play…
"It's more just left-right shot. We needed to rotate the puck quicker on the second unit and it’s a point-shot unit. Real simple. Between Commodore and Russell, they can really rotate the puck."

Commenting on if goaltender Steve Mason will "hit a wall"…
"Yeah, I think definitely… in July."

 


Columbus Blue Jackets Player Quotes
Blue Jackets Goaltender Steve Mason
Commenting on tonight's game…
"It was a pretty well rounded effort by everybody. Obviously they scored in the third period, but the guys bounced back and got a goal for us."

Commenting on winning a close game…
I think it's a sense of relief for everybody. Obviously we've put a lot of hard work in and haven't been successful, and there have been games where we haven't played so well. So for us to come out tonight and be the better team and get rewarded with the two points is definitely nice."

Blue Jackets Defenseman Mike Commodore
Commenting on scoring against Nashville goaltender Dan Ellis...
"I think about 99 times out of 100 he is going to beat me on any kind of goal scoring or point duel. So I’ll take my one victory and run."

Commenting on scoring for the first time in 59 games…
"I don't count. I just remember the ones where I do score. No, it was nice. I know that it has been awhile I have had some good opportunities just no finish."

Blue Jackets Left Wing Rick Nash
Commenting on if tonight's game felt like a must-win…
"Yeah it did. We had to play desperate coming in. I thought we played a good game. We had lost the last three on the road so these are 'must wins' at home."

Commenting on tonight's game…
“We had to make sure that we outworked them and frustrated them. They are big, solid guys and they take whacks at you every chance that they get."

 

Nashville Predators Coach Quotes
Nashville Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz
Commenting on tonight's game…
"When your up by a goal in the third you want to get the win, but power play goal. We had a great chance 4-on-4 just right before we took the penalty there and that was killed off. You can't play zero to zero all the time, sometimes their going to score, that's part of the game."

Commenting on tonight's game…
"From our standpoint they've been sitting, gearing up for this game all week. We've played a lot of games this week and I thought that was the least energy we've had probably in a month. As soft a game as we've played in a month. But, happy to get a point on the road and we’ll take that. We'll take the point and move on."

 

Nashville Predators Player Quotes
Nashville Predators Right Wing Martin Erat
Commenting on his shootout attempt…
"I saw he dropped the glove. I just tried to go between his glove and his shoulder and I hit him in the shoulder."

Commenting on tonight's game…
"It's frustrating when you got the lead with 10 minutes to go, and we couldn't hold them off. It feels good, on the side. We played focused and we had three games in four nights and everybody's getting tired. It feels good to get one point here."


Nashville Predators Goalie Dan Ellis
Commenting on the regulation goal…
"There were two guys in front and I was looking around the left side and the puck went to the right side and I didn’t pick it up at all, until it was behind me."

Commenting on the game-winning shootout goal…
"He quickly stretched it out to the backhand and brought it right back right away. A lot of times guys will either bring it over there and go up or they'll bring it over and keep going. He quickly made the move and slid it right across as I was pushing."

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