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Post Game Quotes - Dec. 9 vs. Florida

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Florida Panthers at Columbus Blue Jackets

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

"We were able to play four lines tonight. We were able to extend guys longer (by doing that). We got some really good performance from some second wave people."

Commenting on the penalty kill…
"This is three games in a row where we've been really good killing penalties… really competitive. All the guys are doing a really good job."

Commenting on the play of center Derick Brassard
"We got a great goal from Brassard. I think this has been coming… he's skating without the puck. You give him a chance around the net (like tonight), he's going to score. I've liked his game for two weeks now."

Commenting on the play of goaltender Steve Mason
"He was good today. He looked like the same Mase as last year. He made some big saves in the second period and one big save in the first period. He gave us a chance tonight. I thought he and the defensemen played very well tonight and that's what we're looking for (from them)."

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Blue Jackets Goaltender Steve Mason

Commenting on getting his first shutout of the season…

"Yeah it's kind of been laying on me the past little while. You know, obviously every goaltender likes a couple goose-eggs throughout the year, and I had trouble getting the first one, but it's nice to get it out of the way."

Commenting on thinking about the shutout…
"You know, anytime you carry no goals going into the third period, it always seems to drag on, but actually those kinds of leads play out the process, because you know, obviously, they are carrying out the play in our end and time just goes by quick."

Commenting on the two previous days of practice…
"I think we accomplished a lot in practice. The few days of practice the guys really put forth a lot of effort and you know it showed tonight, and everybody looked real sharp and stuck to the game plan. That was the biggest thing. A lot of credit goes up to the guys and they played one heck of a game in front of me."

Blue Jackets Center Derick Brassard

Commenting on tonight's game…

"Like I said, we worked hard, and we wanted to be good in front of the net the whole time. So, for me tonight, just to keep it simple, I feel I played better out there."

Commenting on his recent stretch…
"I think I've played some good games, and some games you can tell I missed a lot last year and so I just try. That's my main goal right now, just to play good every game."

Commenting on the effectiveness of practice the previous two days…
"Everything was good for our team, too. We had two good practices and I think we really worked hard and I think we showed up tonight and we compete and we play 60 minutes like our team is supposed to play every night."

Panthers Head Coach Pete DeBoer

Commenting on tonight's game…

"Tonight was a night if we were going to get some points we had to be opportunistic. We didn't get a ton of chances, but the ones we did get, we didn't cash in on. You are not going to win games if you don't score a goal."

Commenting on goaltender Tomas Vokoun…
"I thought he played okay, but again, you are not going to win if you don't score any goals, so that wasn't the difference in the game tonight."

Panthers Goaltender Tomas Vokoun

Commenting on tonight’s game…

"Obviously when you don't score, you can't win. We weren't able to capitalize on our chances today. It's been a problem for us lately. We need to find a way to score the ugly goals around the net and we just aren't getting the second chances and rebounds around the net. They are there; we are just not getting to them."

Commenting on the 5-on-3 power play late in the third period…
"That's the key moment of the game. You have a chance there to tie the game. Obviously you could not ask for more, we had our chance we just didn't capitalize on it."

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