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Post Game Quotes - December 31 vs. Edmonton

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Edmonton Oilers at Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

Commenting on the game …
"I told the players today the third period was the best we've played at home (so far this season). I thought we did a great job managing the game in the third period. Both teams really competed tonight."

Commenting on special teams…
"Our power plays been good lately, it's been threatening all the time, there's better continuity and we've been keeping our personnel on the ice. When you score four (PP) goals in three games, it's giving you a chance to win every night – it's nice to see."

"We're starting to win the special teams game and that's the game within the game. When you win the special teams game over the course of the season, you’re going to win hockey games."

Commenting on Jiri Novotny …
"I thought Novotny was really good tonight. He looked like a number one center and this is now three or four games in a row Jiri has been that good a player for us, especially without Malhotra and Peca."


Visiting Head Coach Quotes

Edmonton Oilers Head Coach Craig MacTavish

Commenting on tonight's loss…
"Very disappointing again tonight. I thought we played terrific hockey for the better part of the game. That same old play beat us in the end, the back side empty netter, really."

Commenting on the performance tonight…
"Should have done the interview after the second period when I was really happy with the way we played."

Commenting on the team's six-game winless streak…
"You can't continually say you're not getting the breaks, we just lack the confidence to finish the game off and every night it seems to be something else that is our undoing. You focus on the negative part of the game in a game in which we played very well."

Player Quotes

Columbus Blue Jackets Defenseman Adam Foote

Commenting on Edmonton…
"They played real hard. They don't quit and they're a tough team to play against."

Commenting on tonight's game…
"I know our whole team didn't feel like they had all their legs but one thing we did do was when we didn't feel good, we played smart as a team. Sometimes we try to do too much when we don't have our legs and we're starting to play smarter. We came out with a big win tonight even though I don't think everyone felt great."

Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltender Pascal Leclaire

Commenting on getting two points…
"We're keeping ourselves in the playoff mix. We slipped down a little bit and in the beginning, everybody's kind of panicking like there's something wrong but I think we got back in the room and we trust each other. We're playing with a lot of confidence and it's exciting for us to stay in that race."

Columbus Blue Jackets Defenseman Duvie Westcott

Commenting on the power play…
"We've just been working on it a lot in practice. It's a small thing trying to get pucks through to the net. Guys are so good on the penalty kill blocking shots, so you really have to pick your spots. It's something we're working on."

Commenting on LW Rick Nash
"Those are the kind of goals that Nasher makes look easy but a lot of guys, they wouldn't be in the right spot at the right time. He's got such a long reach and soft hands that I call him a vacuum. He sucks up all the rebounds and puts them in the back of the net. He makes it look easy but it really isn't. It's natural talent."

Columbus Blue Jackets Left Wing Rick Nash

Commenting on tonight's game...
"It was a big win. We needed to finish off with a big two points here."


Commenting on the hat-trick…
"It was good. I've been struggling a bit lately. Goals seem to come in bunches. They haven't been bouncing my way lately and tonight, it was bouncing my way."

Commenting on scoring all three goals in odd-man situations…
"I was looking for anything. I'm not picky right now. When you’re not scoring, you can’t be picky."

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