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Post Game Quotes - December 12 vs. Colorado

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Colorado Avalanche at Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

Commenting on the game and Colorado …
"We did a reasonable job in the first and third. We knew we weren't going to win the game playing like we did the last game. We knew where our energy level was based on the amount of games we've played and the regularity of them coming up every second night. I was happy with the way we played the last 15 minutes, we seemed to get a second wind."

"(Colorado) is a team that plays similar to Buffalo. If you don't play the right way, you're always going to be on your heels. You’re always on edge when you play them. This is a team that gets a lot of odd man rushes and a puck possession, which is a different challenge for us."

Commenting on Jared Boll
"I think if the coach had a brain, he'd play him a little bit more. We haven't played Boller as much as we'd like to lately. The more he gets out the better he plays. He got on the ice quite a bit today."

Commenting on Fredrik Norrena…
"He was our best player. He was solid and made two big saves in the third period when we needed it. If he plays like this, he deserves more starts. Since the third period in Calgary, he seems like he's in sync."

"He's a solid NHL goalie and the reason we were .500 last year. It's nice to know that you have two goalies and it doesn't matter who you put in right now."


Visiting Head Coach Quotes

Colorado Avalanche Head Coach Joel Quenneville

Commenting on the play of both teams and the turning point…
"It was a low checking, low chance game; very tight in the neutral zone trying to penetrate opportunities. Both teams were eliminating rush chances. That second goal turned out to be a big goal. It was a critical goal."


Commenting on Blue Jackets' goaltender Fredrik Norrena…
"He came in last game and got a big win against us. He was very patient and had a nice game."

Commenting on the difference in tonight's game…
"We didn't generate enough chances tonight. Normally we generate a few more than that. They check well, they check hard. They played a strong defensive game. We didn't generate what we needed to there in the third (period)."


Player Quotes

Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltender Fredrik Norrena

Commenting on tonight's game…
"I think we had a really solid team effort. That definitely helped me. It was a pretty easy evening."


Columbus Blue Jackets Right Wing Jared Boll

Commenting on the game-winner…
"I love scoring. It's always fun to help your team win (with) other ways than just fighting and energy."


Columbus Blue Jackets Center Kris Beech

Commenting on the team's play…
"It was not the most offensively powered effort by us but we played really well in our own end. We didn't really give them much and Freddy (Norrena) played well. It was a good effort."


Commenting on pressuring in the third period…
"We were doing what we had to, to shut them down. I think we played really well in our own end as well tonight. We had a lot of talk, which is one thing we're working on – our communication. They didn't get too much five-on-five."

Commenting on scoring four times with limited shots…
"There weren't many chances. It all evens itself out. Some games, you get stoned by a hot goalie and other games you have games like this where you don't get many chances and the puck goes in."


Columbus Blue Jackets Center Manny Malhotra

Commenting on returning to the lineup…
"I was a little tentative the last couple days on skates. This morning, I was a little bit more into things than yesterday's practice. A little bit of contact helped. The first few games, I'll be a little bit tentative on it. I feel really strong."

Commenting on scoring the game's first goal…
"Scoring's always nice. I think the biggest thing myself and (Jiri Novotny) Novo had to offer was that enthusiasm and that adrenaline rush from being off the ice so long. We just wanted to inject that energy into the lineup tonight."

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