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Post Game Quotes - Dec. 17, 2008

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

San Jose Sharks at Columbus Blue Jackets

December 17, 2008

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock
Commenting on tonight's game…
"It was a hard game for both teams. San Jose has a great team. Both teams poured a lot into tonight. They brought their heavy game and we were forced to match it."

"These are the information baskets you have to draw from. We can draw back from this stuff and know we can play at this level."

Commenting on goaltender Steve Mason
"Both goaltenders had to be good and our guy was great. To beat teams like that, we're going to need our goaltender to be our best player, and he was."

"(Mason's games) all look the same to me. He's there, the shooter is there and they don't see much. He makes the save and there are no big rebounds, and he always knows where the puck is. We have to come to an understanding that we have a very good goalie and he's going to help us win games."

Commenting on response being down 1-0 …
"San Jose has the ability to put the hammer down and really discourage you and I thought we responded after we reorganized ourselves. We calmed ourselves down and just started to play again."

Columbus Blue Jackets Player Quotes
Blue Jackets Goaltender Steve Mason
Commenting on tonight's game…
"Obviously it was good for us to get the two big points in come from behind fashion… Going into the two road games everybody should definitely be feeling good about themselves."


Commenting on facing 48 shots…
"Every time that you are getting a lot of shots like that, you don't really have a chance to get cold out there. I like getting a lot of shots. It keeps you sharp and the results show."


Blue Jackets Center R.J. Umberger
Commenting on the team's mentality in tonight's game…
"We felt that we had to play with more trust in our game in the third period. Just go out and grab it – don’t wait for it – you'll be a step slower if you do that."

Commenting on the game-winner…
"(Kristian) Huselius made a good play at the blue line there… we caught them in a 2-on-1 and we knew that (Evgeni) Nabokov comes out far… He was out so far so that by the time that it got to me he was out of position and it was an empty net."

Commenting on using the momentum in tomorrow night's game…
"We've won a close game, now we've got to build from it. Tomorrow's two points is even bigger."


Blue Jackets Left Wing Rick Nash
Commenting on earning a win after a solid effort…
"After the Chicago game and looking back at the Anaheim and San Jose games on the road trip, we were so close and it was just a matter of a couple guys taking the team on their backs and taking it to the next level."

Commenting on tonight's game…
"We just wanted to play with confidence. We knew that we were good enough to play against these teams and I think that showed tonight."


Visiting Head Coach Quotes
San Jose Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan
Commenting on tonight's game…
It's very bearable, we didn't get a win but in a sense we won in a different way. We weren't very good against this hockey club in our building twice. The last time wasn’t even close; our goalie had to save our hides."

Commenting on the first goal against…
"Tonight I thought we competed very well. I was proud of the way our guys approached the game and the way they prepared for it. Had the coach probably been a little more alert we could have made a tactical change and we wouldn’t have given up the first one, so that ones on me."

Commenting on the Blue Jackets…
"They work, their big, they've got active 'D,' their goal tender is amongst the best in the league. They've got a tremendous coaching staff. There's a lot of reasons. It's funny, when you win some games and you come in a play against teams they expect you to absolutely run over people and that’s not the case it's a hard league to win in and other teams are prepared for you."


Visiting Player Quotes
San Jose Sharks Right Wing Devin Setoguchi
Comparing tonight's game to the SJ vs. CBJ game December 4…
"It's obviously a tough way to win (Dec. 4 at San Jose), but maybe it's a little bit of karma. They came in our barn a couple weeks ago and outplayed us. We were fortunate enough to get the win then, but I thought for the most part we were on them, we had chances; they're goalie (Steve Mason) came up big. It was just kind of like a weird karma thing."

Commenting on giving up the lead…
Once we get the lead, we should protect it, but we gave one up. But that didn't stop us; there were several chances later on that could have that could have just as easily been 2-1. We got to give them credit, but at the same time we got to give ourselves credit. We came out, we were banging bodies, we got pucks to the net; we just ran into a hot goalie."

Commenting on tonight's game…
"It was a great game. They're a good team trying to get up in the rankings, and they're going to play hard. Everyone's going to play our team hard because we're number one in the league. I thought we played great, we got a point out of it, now we can put it behind us, and we've got a bigger game to worry about tomorrow (at Detroit)."

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