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Post Game Quotes - Dec. 18 vs. Calgary

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Calgary Flames at Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

 

Commenting on the game …
"We had a lot of competitive tries at the net. The goalie (Kiprusoff) was good. We've made the goalies the first star in the last two games. We were focused on the few mistakes we made – you don't want to give them a 5-on-3 to start the game. Right now, we're having a difficult time scoring goals."

"I thought the swing on that breakaway(Novotny's) and Nash's were pretty big. Those were the ones at the start of the year that were going in for us. Calgary's a good team and they play hard."

 

Commenting on power play …
"Our power play has been really in and out all year. We haven't needed it except to score big goals in the last two games and we didn't get it done."

 

Visiting Head Coach Quotes

Calgary Flames Head Coach Mike Keenan

Commenting on finishing a six-game road trip tonight in Columbus…
"We played a hard road game tonight again and (Miikka) Kiprusoff was good when we needed him. They pressed us hard and special teams had a significant difference tonight – a power play goal and some good penalty killing."

Commenting on the flow of the game…
"They were going to the net hard, you just hope the officials protect the goaltenders like they've been asked to and I think they tried to sort it out as much as they could."

Commenting on the recent success of the club…
"Well we're back in the playoffs first and foremost. We have dug ourselves out of a hole and that's what this road trip did for us."

Commenting on returning home to Calgary…
"It's time to go home. They've put a lot of work in as you know we have had a lot of travel so they need a break now, need to go home and get some rest, see their family."

 

Player Quotes

Columbus Blue Jackets Left Wing Curtis Glencross

Commenting on the early five-on-three penalty kill…
"It happens. But at 1-0 like that, you can't hang your heads, we've got to come right back at them."

Commenting on Calgary's style…
"They play the same way. They battle hard every night. We just have to play like them, battle hard every night, get in front of the net and go to the greasy areas."

 

Columbus Blue Jackets Defenseman Rostislav Klesla

Commenting on turnovers…
"You've got to be more composed with the puck and make plays. It was obvious; we needed to generate more puck control and more attacks. We didn't do that. We weren't composed. We have to work on that."

Commenting on tonight's game…
"We had good opportunities, we just didn't put the puck in. It's not bouncing our way right now. We have to get back to basics."

 

Columbus Blue Jackets Defenseman Adam Foote

Commenting on tonight's game…
"Our execution wasn't good. They're a team that takes away the easy play and wants you to make the hard play. Sometimes, we tend to get caught up in that and that's to their advantage. Once they have their lead, they play five guys back, controlled defense and you have to find a way to get greedy goals."

 

Commenting on the team's confidence level…
"We have to change the momentum. We were flying so high at the beginning of the year. We weren't thinking. It seems like when we have a couple of losses, we complicate it too much and worry about making a mistake. Whatever it is, we just have to get away from that and just go out and play hard."

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