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Post Game Quotes - Dec. 26, 2007

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Atlanta Thrashers at Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

Commenting on the game …
"It was quite an effort. Everyone knows who was in and who was out of our lineup tonight. We really played hard. We did an unbelievable job of checking and creating chances in the first two and half periods."

"Peca goes out and Nash goes out and I thought the response we had from the other players was tremendous. We expected one lineup and got a completely different one."

Commenting on G Pascal Leclaire …
"Pazzy's really had to earn his shutouts this year, but this was a team shutout to me. I thought there was a lot of good play in front of him."

Commenting on Atlanta…
"You have to have the lead. Your chances are going to come off of them taking chances and we were able to capitalize on that early. There not a team you want to back off against – we kept it to the outside and I thought we did a great job with our composure with the puck in our own zone."


Visiting Head Coach Quotes

Atlanta Thrashers Head Coach Don Waddell

Commenting on the intensity level in tonight's game…
"The first two periods we were stuck in the mud. They were doing the things we talked about doing; they played the way we wanted to play. I thought we played better in the third (period) but it was a little too late at that point."

Commenting on moving forward…
"I'm going to write this one off pretty quickly as we play tomorrow night. It's not the performance we wanted but we have executed the last four games pretty well and we have to bounce back and get back to that game plan of ours."


Player Quotes

Columbus Blue Jackets Right Wing Dan Fritsche

Commenting on tonight's game…
"We had every excuse to lose this game tonight. We took it as motivation, knew a lot of guys were going to have to step up and a lot of guys did that."


Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltender Pascal Leclaire

Commenting on tonight's game…
"Guys came in and were ready to play and we played a simple game, they showed up and played disciplined hockey and if we play that kind of hockey when our stars come back there's no reason we shouldn't win a lot of hockey games."

Commenting on the breakouts…
"Our breakouts were great, we stayed disciplined and all those little details nobody sees, but that's why we won the game."

Commenting on the play in front of him…
"It's a pretty quiet night, our guys played great in front of me, not a lot of scoring chances, guys played solid. It's a team win but the doughnut at the end is just a bonus.


Columbus Blue Jackets Jared Boll

Commenting on playing without Rick Nash
"It's a huge loss for us. We knew guys had to step up and it was great to get the win."

Commenting on playing without four top players…
"Guys stepped up and we played a team game. We knew with those guys out of the lineup they are a big part of this team and guys need to step up and that's what we did and we got the two points."

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