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Post Game Quotes - December 8 vs. Minnesota

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

Commenting on the game …
"We reverted back to the form of the first two periods against Colorado and we didn't get away with it tonight, we got away with it against Colorado. Tonight we played about 12 minutes of the way we have to play – that's what happens when you put skill ahead of work. We've been guilty of that for a couple of nights now and tonight it caught us."

Commenting on Minnesota's play …
"They came in and played a quiet game, positionally strong and we tried to play around it in the first two periods. We didn't have very many quality scoring chances. We weren't willing to work for the things we needed to work for."


Player Quotes

Columbus Blue Jackets Left Wing Jason Chimera

Commenting on tonight's game…
"It's one of those things, we started the game real slow. We got our legs in the third period, we came out and we got lots of chances. Unfortunately, we ran out of time. We got it going too late."


Columbus Blue Jackets Defenseman Adam Foote

Commenting on the goaltending…
"He (Minnesota goaltender Niklas Backstrom) played great but so did Pazzy (Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire). I don't want to take anything away from Backstrom but we just have to get more guys to the net and get some greasy goals."

Commenting on the third period…
"The third was our best period. It was almost like we played desperate. If we could bring that at the beginning of the game, maybe played more desperate earlier, maybe played with that energy earlier, we probably would've been on top tonight."


Columbus Blue Jackets Defenseman Rostislav Klesla

Commenting on tonight's game…
"We kind of played on the outside, which is not good enough to win the game."

Commenting on Minnesota playing back-to-back games…
"They played last night so they were obviously more tired than us. We just didn't bring it. They were kind of looking to lose but we didn't give it to them hard enough to win."


Visiting Head Coach Quotes

Minnesota Wild Head Coach Jacques Lemaire

Commenting on the rivalry between the two clubs…
"It's been a long time; we don't win here too often. They have a team pretty much like us. They play hard and every game is a close game, except for the last game in our building."

Commenting on tonight's performance…
"We were good until the end. Towards the end we started to throw the puck all over the place. Guys weren't as cool with the puck as during the game. When a team wants to pressure like that you need good support."

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