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Post Game Quotes - Feb. 7, 2009

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

San Jose Sharks (2) at Columbus Blue Jackets (3) OT


February 7, 2009 – Nationwide Arena

 

Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock
Commenting on tonight's game…
"This was a playoff game, it was heavy and physical. They were starting their road trip and they wanted to be off on a good start and we were trying to turn things around, so there was a good competition level between the two teams. We responded the way we needed to respond. We had much better play by people. We played with a high level of emotion and intensity. I like the way we played the whole game. We managed the game the right way."

Commenting on getting two points…
"One point wasn't good enough. We wanted to get to 57 points by the end of the week, 57 or 58 points was the goal. We needed two points today, one wasn’t good enough. There’s a group sitting there at 57 points and we needed to be part of the group. We can relax and get back to work on Tuesday and Tuesday will be even a bigger game."

Commenting on Christian Backman…
"I was so happy for Backman. He’s played two real good games here (against San Jose and Pittsburgh) – to play the way he did and then get the winning goal, I was real happy for him."

 

Commenting on Dan LaCosta’s first start...
"LaCosta was solid and very focused, that's what we needed. We needed a solid performance. He's a big guy and he's got good mobility. When he's aggressive and focused like he is right now, that's a real good sign for us."

Commenting on Derek Dorsett setting the tone early…
"We had to change things up… we had to find new energy with our team. We were beat down the last couple of games, where we've done okay but we haven't been sharp. We needed to change the chemistry we were playing with on the ice and I thought that line did a great job today."

 


Columbus Blue Jackets Player Quotes
Columbus Goaltender Dan LaCosta
Commenting on the second goal he allowed…
"It's part of being a goaltender. You have to put those goals behind you and keep playing. Honestly, I didn't see the second one go in so I just forgot about it and moved on. He's one of the best players in the league so I'm just happy he didn't get the shot and we won."

Commenting on his afternoon prior to making the first start of his NHL career…
"Nothing out of the ordinary, went and got something to eat and came back to the hotel to relax, then came to the arena and got prepared like I normally would. Your job doesn't change because of what league you're in, you just want to come out and give your best every night and that's all you can do."


Columbus Defensemen Rostislav Klesla
Commenting on snapping the three-game losing streak…
"We had a tough couple of games, but we were going to come out strong and play our game and that's what we did. Unfortunately they tied it up, but we managed to score in overtime and it was a big win for us."

Commenting on earning two points…
"I'm sure everyone's thinking when the puck is out in front of you that you go try to hit in the goal. You don't really think about the standings, you just go out there and try to get a win."

 


Columbus Defensemen Christian Backman
Commenting on getting the win…
"We played really hard and it was important to bounce back after a couple losses. You always want to go out there and contribute and I've been getting more ice time and have played well, so yeah it feels good."

Commenting on the play of goaltender Dan LaCosta…
"I don't think you think about it too much, he looked really good out there and we had a lot of confidence in him. He was great, against San Jose, his first game, it can't be any better, he played great."

Commenting on the game-winner…
"It felt great, especially in OT. The puck was right in front of the net so it can’t be any better than that. I knew I couldn't miss."

 


San Jose Coach Quotes
San Jose Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan
Commenting on tonight's game…
"(It was) tough sledding. Their first two shots on goal go in, so it was a little demoralizing to start the game. But give our guys credit. I thought we fought back and I thought we controlled most of the game. We had them on their heels. We knew they played the night before and we wanted to go after them. We didn't get many pucks through to the net. They did a really good job of blocking and fronting a lot of our shots, so that probably hurt us a little bit. But to fight back the way we did against a really good team, we're happy with that. But we'd like to obviously come away with a win."

 


San Jose Sharks Player Quotes
San Jose Sharks Right Wing Devin Setoguchi
Commenting on tonight's game…
"The game was a high-paced game. We had our chances later on in the third, kind of found them on their heels, and we got to score those goals. It was a good game overall by both teams. We just came up short."

 


San Jose Sharks Right Wing Mike Grier
Commenting on tonight's game…
"It was a physical game. We expect that every time we play these guys. They play a hard style. They're hard to play against. I thought we actually played pretty well tonight. We made two mistakes in the first period and it cost us two goals and it was an uphill battle from there."

 

Commenting on battling back to earn a point…
"We battled hard. They made us earn it. We were able to get a point out of it, but it's disappointing not to be able to get two points. We battled back to tie it, but with their third string goalie we didn't do a good enough job getting pucks to the net."

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