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Post Game Quotes - Dec. 17 vs. Phoenix

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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

"We had a slow start – the first 10 minutes were slow again, but after that I thought we played real well. There are a lot of frustrated guys scoring-wise and guys that felt they could have put the hammer down today. It's what we're doing in transition that I'd like to see get better. If we can continue to build on the good minutes, we're going to be alright here."

Commenting on the play of goaltender Mathieu Garon…
"Solid, good – the whole night."

Commenting on the play of the team…
"We've played almost identical to the way we did when we were having success (last year). A lot of guys are starting to play much better hockey – (Mike) Commodore and (Jan) Hejda were much better… that pair and individually. We have to take more steps to be back to where we want to be. The last five periods, there are a lot of positive signs."

Commenting on the close games and shootouts…
"We're wondering what's going to drop next. Shootouts are emotional loses for young teams and it unnerves you. Younger teams carry (close losses) with them. We need win a shootout, an overtime game or a game late. We haven't been rewarded through this stretch, for a lot of good play."


Columbus Blue Jackets Player Quotes

Blue Jackets Goalie Mathieu Garon

Commenting on tonight's game...
"I think we played a great game tonight, one of our best games in a long time both offensively and defensively. We created a lot of scoring chances and defensively, I don't think we gave them too much. It's frustrating to lose a game and I think we deserved and should've gotten two points, but I think it's a good game before we go on the road."

Commenting on Robert Lang's shootout goal…
"I just got beat five-hole and I was trying to be patient and I waited a little too long."


Blue Jackets Left Wing Kristian Huselius

Commenting on tonight's game...

"We always try to get the momentum and have a good start. Obviously, we didn't have the best start today but we played well for two periods. I thought, and coach told us, to stick with it and that's what we did and we got a point."


Phoenix Coyotes Quotes

Phoenix Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett

Commenting on tonight's game…

"They can't all be pretty and that one wasn't pretty but we found a way to get points. It's Shane Doan's 1,000th game and I think the players recognized that. Playing the back-to-back, we wanted to come in and play solid. We made some mistakes that could have cost us but they didn't. We ended up finding a way to get points."

Commenting on goaltender Jason LaBarbera…
"He was very solid. Square in the net, he played a real strong game. He moved the puck pretty well when he was out. He hasn’t played in a while but that is his role and he has to recognize that and he came in and did a great job for us tonight."


Phoenix Coyotes Goalie Jason LaBarbera

Commenting on tonight's game…

"I don't think we played as well as we wanted to tonight. We played well last night and sometimes it’s tough to carry that over. We did enough. We battled. We worked hard. We killed penalties at key times. We have a lot of guys with ice packs on tonight."

Commenting on the shootout…
"I got burned on (Rick) Nash’s goal. I have been trying to work on the poke check. I have been having trouble with the shootouts the last little while. I am just trying to be technical and tonight it worked."


Phoenix Coyotes Captain Shane Doan

Commenting on tonight's game…

"It's a huge two points for us. We know how hard points come all year long. For us to get that extra point was big."

Commenting on playing his 1,000th NHL game…
"It's a huge blessing. It is hard to say what it really means. It will probably mean a lot more later on. Right now it is a big win for us, we needed it. It was a tough game but it was big for us to win."

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