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Post Game Quotes - December 5

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Colorado Avalanche at Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

Commenting on the game …
"The poorest period we played was the first – we gave up six odd-man rushes. We came back and really started to play in the second, but as soon as we gave up that second goal, we stopped playing. They got the third goal and could have gotten a fourth."

"We have to claw and scratch for every goal and every point. We have to compete and when we do not, none of us like it. I didn't like our body language, so we talked about it."

"We got reckless and things started to turn our way."

"It's that we played for each other in the third period. Nice to get a win, we deserved a better fate against Dallas but we didn't get it. We needed to play for each other in the third period and that's what we did – that's the growth part we can all embrace. The win is a result, but what we did for each other is more important to me."

Commenting on Dan Fritsche's play …

"He was the key guy. His level went up so high, in my opinion, other people had to follow."

Visiting Head Coach Quotes

Colorado Avalanche Head Coach Joel Quenneville

Commenting on the turning point in tonight's game…
"They seemed to get a lot of momentum off that second goal. We played two rock solid periods and then they got some life, scored a power play goal right after and made it a different ballgame at that point."


Commenting on the Blue Jackets four-goal third period…
"We were in our end a little bit more than we were all game and didn't have the patience or the control that was necessary at that time. It was nice to see us score right after to make it 4-4, but we can't give up the fifth one."

Commenting on the end of a road trip…
"This was certainly a brutal ending and a tough one to swallow."


Player Quotes

Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltender Pascal Leclaire

Commenting on Ryan Smyth in his crease…
"He kind of came in the net and pushed me (for Colorado's third goal). But those things don't matter anymore. We came back and won."


Columbus Blue Jackets Kris Beech

Commenting on the third period comeback…
"We got in a little trouble in the intermission and we deserved it. We weren't playing very well. We responded. (Rick) Nash's goal definitely gave us a boost and we carried on the momentum from there."


Commenting on his assist on (Joakim) Lindstrom's goal…
"It's a timing play. You just wait for the D-man to make his move and slip it over his stick. Joakim's a good goal scorer so he knows where to get his stick."


Columbus Blue Jackets Dan Fritsche

Commenting on rebounding after Colorado's fourth goal that tied the game 4-4…
"That's a sign of a good hockey team. We took the lead and they came back and scored. We stayed up, we stayed positive; we didn't let it bother us. That's what good teams do."


Commenting on the upcoming home stand…
"That's why this game was so huge. We've had this month checked off on the calendar for a long time. We want to take this month and this home stand and all these home games to our advantage. Tonight was a big two points for us."


Commenting on past struggles against the Avalanche…
"It doesn't matter what teams we struggle with. We're trying to build a new identity and a new team this year. We don't want to look at past records because that means nothing to us. We're a new team this year. We have the confidence this year that we can play and beat any team this year."

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