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Post Game Quotes - Dec. 23 vs. Nashville

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Nashville Predators at Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

Commenting on the game …
"We're not generating enough (offense) to give ourselves a chance to win. Our whole offense dried up after one period – we just stopped playing, making proper decisions with the puck and allowed them back in the game. It was because we stopped playing."

"We can't keep living on 2-1 wins and 2-1 losses and say we're close."

"There's a lot of frustration – especially when you give up a goal like that."

Commenting on G Fredrik Norrena …
"He gave up two goals. If you allow two goals, you have to win a hockey game."

Commenting on final goal…
"Yeah, it was a goal. We knew from our video guy that it was a goal. We moved on and prepared for the goalie-pull."

Visiting Head Coach Quotes

Nashville Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz

Commenting on Dumont's goal…
"J.P. put it up there in a really nice spot. We were pretty sure that it went in."

Commenting on defeating Columbus for the 11th straight time…
"I really don't have any explanation. I just looked at today as a real challenge for us. It was our second game in 21 hours (they played at home against Los Angeles last night). We got through the first period, which was real key for us. We knew they were going to come out hard and they did. I thought (goaltender Chris) Mason was real good for us, he did a real good job, then we got our feet under us and we got stronger as the game went on."

Commenting on the overall play of the team…
"We got real good efforts from top guys, the power play scored again for us, the penalty kill was good again. It was a real good win for us. We talked about our focus after last night's game and I thought that our focus was there. That's hard to do this time of year."


Player Quotes

Columbus Blue Jackets Right Wing Dan Fritsche

Commenting on tonight's game…
"They took it to us a little bit and we got into some penalty trouble, then in the third period we just turned it up a little more and finally got one to tie it up. We made one little mental mistake and they beat us back on a rush and got a good shot off. It's just disappointing because we had a chance to at least get a point, if not two points out of that game. Just a tough one to swallow."

Commenting on losing the game right before the Christmas break…
"It's just a really tough one, especially going into the Christmas break. You always want to go into the break with a win. We just have to go on the break, clear our minds mentally and come back on the 26th and be ready."

Commenting on playing Nashville, who played the night before…
"They played last night and we didn't take advantage of it. We should have just come out and jumped on them and pounded them from the very second the puck dropped, but we didn't. We kind of held back a little bit, they turned up the heat a little bit and we didn't respond."


Columbus Blue Jackets Defenseman Adam Foote

Commenting on tonight's game…
"(Dan) Fritsche had a good goal and Freddy (goaltender Fredrik Norrena) kept us in it. I don't know what happened on the last one, it happened so quick. They got a late one. It was a game we should have put away."

Commenting on tonight's game…
"From the bench it looked like it went in; it looked like the mesh moved. It wasn't a good feeling."

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