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Post Game Quotes - Dec. 23, 2008

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Los Angeles Kings at Columbus Blue Jackets

December 23, 2008 – Nationwide Arena

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock
Commenting on tonight's game…
"They kicked us hard early, they won all the board battles and they moved it quicker than we could get in (to the offensive zone). It took us 25 minutes to get into the game. (Los Angeles) played hard, they're big and strong. They have a lot of veteran, strong player and guys who know how compete and play, and play at a high level."

Commenting on goaltender Steve Mason
"Other than our goaltender, we were poor today. He's the most resilient guy on our hockey club and he's a great goaltender. He'll play good again on the 27th and we'll play better."

Commenting on the effects of Brassard being out of the lineup…
"This has nothing to do with skill or Derick Brassard being out of the lineup. It has everything to do with our competitive level."


Columbus Blue Jackets Player Quotes
Blue Jackets Goaltender Steve Mason
Commenting on the club's lack of scoring…
"Yeah, it's really frustrating. Obviously you can't win if you're not scoring and we're definitely not doing that right now."

Commenting on the back-to-back losses…
"We're not scoring enough to win right? So, in order for us to win we'd have to pitch a shutout every game too, so it's hard."

Blue Jackets Left Wing Rick Nash
Commenting on tonight's game…
"Scoring is obviously a big part of our offense; you've got tons of guys in here that can score and you know, we've got to do our jobs."

Commenting on getting off to a better start…
"They (Los Angeles) were playing well. It would have been nice to have that momentum. We needed to be better from the start, you know we can get a lot of goals on our back and then use that as an excuse, so we needed to be better form the start."

Los Angeles Kings Head Coach Terry Murray
Commenting on his team's taking a 2-0 lead after the first period...
The first period was probably our best first period of the year. We came out and responded to a disappointing game, the way we finished in Detroit and back the game before that in Buffalo. The players felt a responsibility to come out with lots of energy and they did."

Commenting on the play of goaltender Jonathan Quick...
"He is player better each day out. He was better this game than he was in practice yesterday and the day before that. I thought the team played well in front of him. I thought we had good sticks. We deflected a lot of pucks and when he was called on to make a save, he was there."

Los Angeles Kings Goaltender Jonathan Quick
Commenting on the defense in front of him…
"Our penalty kill and our defense played excellent all game long. When they had their chances we cleared rebounds, picked up sticks in front, they took care of most of the work for me."

Commenting on playing with a lead…
"It always helps to be playing with the lead, whether you're at home or on the road. We got out there early and put one in. We played well behind it and we were able to carry it out for the whole 60 minutes."

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