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Post Game Quotes - Dec. 27, 2008

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Philadelphia Flyers at Columbus Blue Jackets

December 27, 2008 – Nationwide Arena

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock
Commenting on tonight's game…
"I think we had to get rid of the poor game – we had to get that out of our system. We knew we had not played like that (against Los Angeles) all year. The players felt like they owed it to themselves and the people in the building."

Commenting on being rewarded for a good start…
"We start so well and when we don't have the success we think we should, based on the work we put in, we lose energy. We didn't do that tonight. We kept going and going."

Commenting on getting the early lead…
"If we get a lead on teams, we're really difficult to play against and teams don't come back on us. We're a frustrating team to play against because every player on this team knows how to check and how to check properly and when we do it, we're pretty effective."

Commenting on goaltender Steve Mason
"The players feel like if we have a lead going into the third period, the other players feel like (Mason) will not get scored on. That's the confidence we have right now with him."

"Commenting on Manny Malhotra's play on the top line…
"That was huge for us, because it allowed us to play the roster the way we want to play it. Somebody had to step up and take on those minutes and that responsibility. He scored a great goal and the line was very, very efficient. It was nice to see that Manny stepped up."


Columbus Blue Jackets Player Quotes

Blue Jackets Right Wing Jared Boll
Commenting on the start to the game…
"We came out right away. We had jump right away. We stuck to the game plan and checked them hard and buried our chances."

Commenting on the difference between tonight's game and the last game…
"It's pretty obvious. We're a checking team and we need to play like that. When we get away from that, stuff like what happened against L.A. (a 3-0 loss) happens."

Blue Jackets Defenseman Rostislav Klesla
Commenting on tonight's game…
"We were ready to play right from the start. We got a goal early, fore-checking, skating, and getting open for each other was the big difference from the last game."

Commenting on the team needing consistency…
"This is how we have to play against any team. If it's top half (in the standings) or bottom half, it doesn't matter. We got to focus on our play and do this every game."


Blue Jackets Center Manny Malhotra
Commenting on responding from back-to-back shutout losses…
"I hate to be cliché, but every game really means that much. For us to respond the way we did after being shutout, that was a great job by us."

Commenting on his goal tonight…
"Great job by both Kristian (Huselius) and Rick (Nash). First of all, Juice (Huselius) causing the turnover in the neutral zone and Rick throwing a great pass to lead me. All alone they did a great job to set it up."


Visiting Head Coach Quotes
Philadelphia Flyers Head Coach John Stevens
Commenting on tonight's game…
"Tonight was a little better, but still not the level we have been playing at. You’re coming on the road here, teams are ready; they're not going to take you lightly because of where we are in the standings. We can't make excuses right now, we've got to regroup, we've got to tighten up, we've got to do little things better. That includes staying out of the penalty box early in the hockey game."

Commenting on the teams' play after falling behind…
"We get behind and we're trying to make things happen on the rush instead of playing the 60 minutes, get pucks in deep, forcing the pucks below the goal line, getting more pucks to the net. I just thought first period they were stronger on that then we were and they got a couple goals from that and that can't happen."


Philadelphia Flyers Player Quotes
Philadelphia Flyers Defenseman Braydon Coburn
Commenting on missing morning skate and tonight's game…
"It affects different guys in different ways, but I think, kind of echoing what coach Stevens said, it's more metal than it is physical when you're faced with a little break in the routine like that."

Philadelphia Flyers Right Wing Aaron Asham
Commenting on losing back-to-back games…
"We just have to start working hard, doing the little things and the smart things. These last two games we haven't been doing that. We need to start playing better defense. We just need to be smart and play some smart hockey and we'll work our way out of it, we aren't too worried about it."

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