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Post Game Quotes - December 21 vs. Los Angeles

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Los Angeles Kings at Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

Commenting on the game …
"The first 10 minutes was about as good as we've played and then we started taking penalties and we were really on our heels. Then, we gathered ourselves again in the third period. This reminded me of a game that we played hard and lost, and we finally got a win. We competed, we played hard and it wasn't pretty, but we had key people play really well tonight."

"We got some dirty, nasty goals, which is the way we have to do it - to score."

Commenting on G Fredrik Norrena …
"We really relied on our goaltender. He came up big."

Commenting on penalty kill…
"I thought our penalty killers did the job."

"We didn't start with the puck and we were in our zone the whole time. We wore out key guys – when it came time to get going a little bit, they ran out of energy."

 

Visiting Head Coach Quotes

Los Angeles Kings Head Coach Marc Crawford

Commenting on the King's disallowed goal…
"Clearly the replay showed he (Fredrik Norrena) wasn't interfered with, unfortunately the break went against us. We had two bad breaks tonight that gave it a two goal swing and when those things happen all you can do is keep working and trying to get through it."

Commenting on the play tonight…
"If you work hard, the breaks will turn your way. We were good tonight; I thought we deserved a better fate. I thought our execution was the only thing we need to improve on from that performance; I thought we got an effort from everybody."

Commenting on the team's mindset…
"We can't lose faith here, but it's tough because we've lost six in a row and this was a tough one, tough for our players to digest. But like we told them, you have five minutes to worry about it and that's it. Nothing is going to change it, you have to change it the next game."

 

Player Quotes

Columbus Blue Jackets Right Wing Dan Fritsche

Commenting on the win…
"It was a huge win for us. The first and second periods were a little much about penalties. When we played five-on-five in the first and second, we knew we had the advantage. We worked well down low. We had a lot of opportunities getting pucks on the net. We knew in the third period, we just had to keep it five-on-five and we would have a good realistic chance at winning the game. And we did that."

Commenting on being shorthanded…
"Penalty killing gives you a chance to win games. Tonight, our penalty killing was fairly good. As far as the calls, we were a little bit lazy and we did take a lot of undisciplined penalties. Sure, there might have been a few that were arguable but we can't blame anyone."

Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltender Fredrik Norrena

Commenting on the penalty kill…
"There are great penalty killers on this team and tonight we really dug in on the penalty kill. And that kind of saved the game."

Commenting on some good fortune…
"We were lucky on that one bounce, too. I think it was probably the right call. (Los Angeles defenseman Rob) Blake was probably in the crease before the puck. You need some luck sometimes, too."

Commenting on the Kings' style in the offensive zone…
"I was pretty tired after two periods. They move the puck so well from side to side, to kind of wait you out. Our D-men did a great job."

Columbus Blue Jackets Defenseman Ron Hainsey

Commenting on the Jackets' returning to a grittier style…
"It's about getting people to the front (of the net) and getting pucks in there. The way it's played now, teams are keeping you to the outside so you have to get inside with at least one guy, get a puck in there and band away at it."

Commenting on the penalty kill…
"We kept taking penalties, which wasn't great. But we did a real good job, Freddy was great stopping pucks and the effort was there to kill those off."

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