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Post Game Quotes - Feb. 4 vs. Dallas

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Dallas Stars at Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Interim Head Coach Claude Noel
Commenting on tonight's game…

"It was rewarding to get the win. I thought our players were passionate about trying to help each other. Even when we had turnovers that created problems, they were really good."

Commenting on the hard hat…
"It was something we had from Kalamazoo (IHL). Teams do it and we brought it (here). Ken (Hitchcock) recommended that we buy it awhile back on the road, so we bought it. I had the hard hat in the (pre-game) meeting and said that we need to play for this game. When you win games, someone awards the hard hat to the hardest working guy and it becomes a symbol of success. It was bought by the trainers somewhere."

Commenting on his first NHL game as a head coach…
"It was tremendous, but very nerve-racking. It was really good for me. I got about two hours of sleep last night and one this afternoon."

Commenting on the play of goaltender Steve Mason
"I thought Steve was remarkable. I thought he was really good. His handoffs to the defenseman were really good and he made a couple of huge saves that saved us. I thought he was very resilient."

Columbus Blue Jackets Player Quotes

Blue Jackets Left Wing RJ Umberger

Commenting on tonight's game…

"I think that we still made some mistakes that we could correct, but I think the focus about tonight was effort. You know, if you made a mistake, I think you saw us getting back and covering each other better then we have ever this year. There was a lot of back pressure tonight and a lot of back-checking, you know, which was just a good effort tonight."

Commenting on the home win…
"Yeah definitely, it's at home, you can get the match-ups you like. All four lines were playing good tonight. It's getting the pucks in deep. We were pretty good in our own zone with coverage and everything but it's key to get the whole team involved and it keeps guys fresh going into the third."

Commenting on Claude Noel's first game as head coach…
“So much has happened in the last two days, he wanted us to free our minds… don't carry it onto the ice. When we leave and drive home, he wants us to be proud of our efforts. All we talked about today is not too many X's and O's. It was about doing everything you can on your end."

Blue Jackets Defenseman Anton Stralman

Commenting on the team reacting to the coaching change…

"Yeah, I mean, like I said in the previous interview here, I mean hockey changes all the time. You know the line-up, changing the coaching staff changing, that's just the way it is and it's a hard time for everybody. I mean no one is happy with (Ken Hitchcock) Hitch being let go, I mean he's not the only one responsible. The players are just as responsible as him and I mean it's tough, but I think we did a good job."

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