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Post Game Quotes - Dec. 29 vs. Carolina

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

Commenting on the game …
"We just kept going and the energy – we fed off of the fans, they were terrific tonight. (Carolina) puts so much pressure on you; you are going to make mistakes. The thing about us was we recovered from our mistakes and kept going."

Commenting on G Pascal Leclaire …
"He made some huge saves in the second period - right when we needed it. We needed to have him be our best player and he was right there with Zherdev tonight."

Commenting on Nikolai Zherdev and his decision to pass the puck to Beech …
"His third goal meant the World to the team, because that kind of gave us breathing room. He's as good as anybody in the National Hockey League with the puck. He makes plays very few players in the World make and he does it at top speed."

"Those types of things endear you to your teammates. It was a smart play because he was getting squeezed."


Player Quotes

Columbus Blue Jackets Center Kris Beech

Commenting on Zherdev's pass on the empty-net goal…
"I was hoping he would go for the hat-trick. I was surprised myself. I think the D-man was trying to take away the shot."

Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltender Pascal Leclaire

Commenting on shutting down the Carolina offense…
"We blocked a few shots again tonight. That kind of helps keeping the number (of shots) down. We were disciplined, too. They didn't have too many power plays. So when you do those two things, shots are going to be down. We played solid again."

Commenting on the team returning to early-season form…
"That's the kind of hockey we need to play if we're going to win and keep ourselves in the mix for a playoff race. There's no other way. We have to show up and play full games all the time. It's two games in a row now and we have to build off of that. We're playing with confidence and guys aren't afraid to make mistakes. Guys are backing each other up. It's a good mood right now and we just have to keep the ball rolling."


Columbus Blue Jackets Defenseman Rostislav Klesla

Commenting on Zherdev's evolution…
"He's been playing great. Every season he's better. He's catching on how to really play and act. It's been a long way for him. We try to help him and if he gets goals like this, it’s going to help him and help us."

"He has a few of those (games) in a season. That was a great two goals by him. They won us the game pretty much."

"He's been skating great with the puck. He's loose."

Commenting on tonight's game…
"Tonight was a must win for us and we responded with great plays on the board and supporting the puck all over the place. We came up with a huge win tonight."

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