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Post Game Quotes - Dec. 28, 2009

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock
Commenting on tonight's game…

"I felt like, for four games now, if we kept playing the same way, good things will happen."

Commenting on the play of goaltender Steve Mason
"He's been coming a little bit, too, you know."

Commenting on the play of left wing Fredrik Modin…
"This is now three (games) in a row now (he's played well). He's starting to really play well. He’s got his legs under him and some speed. I really like the way he’s playing. He’s playing with more and more tempo everyday and if he can stay healthy he's going to be a big, big add."

Commenting on the play of the team…
"Getting players to play the right way is an easy thing to say and a hard thing to do."

Commenting on the trade…
"We couldn't wait on the health of (defenseman) Rusty Klesla. (Milan) Jurcina is going to give us good minutes and (Chris) Clark is a good pro. Clark knows what it takes to win. We need (Chris Clark's) type of presence."


Columbus Blue Jackets Player Quotes

Blue Jackets Goalie Steve Mason

Commenting on tonight’s game…

"We have had a lot of ups and a lot of downs and we just need to try and manage things and not try to get too low in this past stretch. This was a huge win. Everyone was getting pretty fed up with losing, having meetings upon meetings and then to have a complete game like and to have the fans rewarded for their patience during these past few weeks."


Blue Jackets Right Wing Rick Nash

Commenting on tonight's game…

"It was good to come out on top, nice win. We played a full 60 (minutes) and the only way we are going to win is to play a full 60 minutes every game."



Detroit Red Wings Quotes

Detroit Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock

Commenting on goaltender Jimmy Howard…

"I thought Jimmy was good, I thought (Steve) Mason was real good. Both goalies were excellent tonight."

Commenting on tonight's game…
"Things have not been going very well for them lately, I thought (Tomas) Holmstrom had the best chance. He had the whole net and put it in his (Mason's) glove. Both teams had lots of good chances."


Detroit Red Wings Goalie Jimmy Howard

Commenting on Columbus goalie Steve Mason

"It was a goaltenders battle. He (Mason) made two or three great glove saves. It was our first head-to-head battle and it probably won't be our last. He had a hell of a year last year and has been struggling a bit this year, but he is a good goalie and played a good game."

Commenting on tonight's game…
"You want to win every game. They made some big saves and we couldn't find a way to score and that was the game."


Detroit Red Wings Defenseman Brian Rafalski

Commenting on tonight's game…

"They hopped on one of the rebounds first. We had a couple of chances on rebounds and Mason made some big saves and they were able to get the one in overtime."

Commenting on goaltender Jimmy Howard…
"His play was solid. He was controlling the rebounds and making saves. I thought we did a good job of controlling their odd man rushes and quality scoring chances and he is making saves he has to."

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