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Post Game Quotes - Feb. 6, 2010

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Blue Jackets Interim Head Coach Claude Noel

Commenting on tonight's game…

"I thought we played well. I don't think it was the best game we've played – but I think we can play a lot better than this. I thought tonight we played less relaxed than we've played all year, but that's normal when change happens. The result was good, but I wouldn't say we were more relaxed."

Commenting on the goal by defenseman Milan Jurcina…
"Well, the Jurcina goal was a lucky goal and everybody in the building would know that. It really helped us; we were certainly surprised by it."

Commenting on play of right wing Jakub Voracek…
"I thought Voracek's made a good contribution to his line. I think that's what he wants every night. We had a conversation today and I asked him to work. He can hurt you in a lot of ways."

Commenting on the play of goaltender Steve Mason
"Mason was really good. He's had back-to-back good games, which is encouraging for us. His focus was good today and yesterday, and it reflected in his game tonight."

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Blue Jackets Goaltender Steve Mason

Commenting on setting the franchise career record for shutouts with his 13th career shutout…

"Yeah, I mean, I didn't clue in until you just told me, but it's nice. Every shutout we get is a total team effort and that was a perfect job of it."

Commenting on tonight's game…
"Yeah, it was great. Obviously Buffalo had their share of fans, but our fans completely took over the game. It's always fun playing at home and to have the home ice advantage for the next little while, it's going to be great. We just have to keep taking advantage of it."

Commenting on the back-to-back wins…
"We've had some trouble winning back-to-back games. They're a first place team coming in in their division and obviously, you know, we had to jump on them quick. And it was a tight game until the start of the third period, and you know, I thought we played solid the rest of the way."

Blue Jackets Right Wing Jakub Voracek

Commenting on his three-assist night…

"Yeah, the first one was a little bit lucky. It was a lucky goal, but it was a big goal for us and you know me and Brass (Derick Brassard) are playing really well and just everything is going good and it's nice to be playing well and putting it in the net."

Commenting on the back-to-back wins…
"Yeah, obviously it's nice. You know, I mean we played a lot today. We played a lot of minutes and we are pretty confident right now and we just have to keep going, you know, keep working hard and the goals are going to come you just have to be patient."

Blue Jackets Defenseman Anton Stralman

Commenting on the back-to-back wins…

"We're excited, I mean we played two good games here and we hope to continue. I think what Claude (Noel) has brought is he is telling us to try and relax and play the game. You know we all can play, and I think if you look at the Brassard line with Voracek there, they play with a lot more confidence and make the plays that they didn’t do a few games ago and they get (rewarded)."

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Buffalo Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff

Commenting on the message to the team following the game…

"The message is we have to put it behind us (poor play the last two weeks). There have been games where we have played well and lost and games where there have been a lot of breakdowns and a lot of frustration in our team. The message is 'we are a better team than we are playing right now.'"

Commenting on the lack of success on the power play…
"There is frustration. There is a lot of frustration about not capitalizing on our opportunities. There is some frustration with tough breaks going in. You look at the first goal tonight. But when things were going good, we had breaks go our way. I think you just have to let it all even out."

Buffalo Sabres Goalie Patrick Lalime

Commenting on first goal of the game...

"I think it is probably the first time I see the puck coming from behind the net like this that hard. I knew the glass was bad so I was looking up for it, too. It surprisingly like hit the glass all the way around and almost behind the net and hit me and went in. It was like a shot from behind the net."

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