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Post Game Quotes from Opening Night vs. Anaheim Ducks

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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Commenting on the game …

“It’s the way we play. This wasn’t a career game or anything special, this is the way we played most of exhibition. We’re going to give you everything we got, some night it isn’t going ot be pretty, some nights it’s going to be downright nasty, this is what we’re going to give you every night.”

“Tonight was a step in the right direction. They were a little surprised at the start, but we didn’t stretch that 2-0 lead and they hung around.”

Commenting on Captain Adam Foote …

“He’s our leader. He makes himself accountable and then he makes other people accountable – he has a specific role this year and he’s really embraced it. He and Modin to walk into a game like this, we’re excellent.”

Commenting on G Pascal Leclaire …

“That was really good - to see a guy come back from a significant injury and for this to be the first game, that’s something you can really build on.”


Player Quotes

Columbus Blue Jackets Left Wing Rick Nash

Commenting on the fans…

“The fans were awesome tonight. They gave us an extra step on the ice.”

Commenting on his four-point performance…

“It was good. I felt good out there. My linemates were finding me.”

Commenting on Columbus’s…

“It was only one (win). We have 81 left. You can’t get too high off this one.”


Columbus Blue Jackets Defenseman Adam Foote

Commenting on Columbus’s major penalty kill…

“Sometimes, you have to go out there and have fun with it. Those are pretty intense.”

Commenting on Anaheim’s lack of discipline…

“They got real frustrated. They took some bad penalties.”


Columbus Blue Jackets Center Sergei Fedorov

Commenting on tonight’s game…

“The way we stayed with it for three periods gave us a chance to play our hockey. The most important thing is that we didn’t have lots of turnovers.”


Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltender Pascal Leclaire

Commenting on waiting 14 minutes before facing a shot…

“It was a little hard. That’s not the ideal situation. But when it happens, it means your team is playing well.”


Visiting Head Coach Quotes

Anaheim Ducks Head Coach Randy Carlyle

Commenting on tonight’s game…

“It seemed we just couldn’t get anything going and they got two quick goals. We tried to regroup, put a stop to the bleeding, but then took penalty after penalty after penalty.”

Commenting on the penalties being a result of being tired…

“Those are excuses. We had some time to come in here after Detroit, skated yesterday. It’s a regular road trip. We didn’t have the energy that was necessary to be at the level they played.”

Commenting on what his thoughts of Columbus were this year…

“They were a much more energetic team than we were and you have to give them credit. They got things going for them early and kept it going.”

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