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Post Game Quotes - Jan. 10 vs. Dallas

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Dallas Stars at Columbus Blue Jackets

I think we're playing with more confidence and we know where if we make a mistake we know someone else is going to cover up for us. Right now, like I said, confidence is a huge factor and I think we have it right now. - Mathieu Garon
Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock
Commenting on the defenseman tonight…

"We got really good minutes from (Milan) Jurcina and (Mathieu) Roy tonight. They gave us a three-pair rotation. There's no room on the ice, they close quick and Jurcina is getting better."

Commenting on the play of Torres-Vermette-Voracek line…
"I think (Antoine) Vermette plays with speed now. Vermette is, for the first time, I think very comfortable playing center ice. He's breaking ahead of the puck and creating speed for the line. He's playing well between the dots and it's really having an impact on the line and because there's always angles and little two-on-ones."

Commenting on the play of goaltender Mathieu Garon…
"He made big saves when we made the few errors, the two breakaways and a two-on-one at the net. He made big saves at the right time for us. Both goalies were good tonight."

Commenting on the play of the team…
"I don't see any reason that we can't play like this for the rest of the year. The players are comfortable in this type of game. I'm hoping we can continue down this path and play this way. We're grinding it with really good teams and we're more than holding our own."


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Blue Jackets Left Wing R.J. Umberger

Commenting on what the three-game win streak means after the recent skid of losses…

"A lot. I mean when you're on a losing streak it compounds a lot and it's always happening. And we're a better team than that. You know the 20-some games, 25 games, but it was just a roller coaster that we couldn't stop."

Commenting on playing more soundly…
"We're getting back to our style of hockey, you know other then the Vancouver game. But our goals-against is a lot lower and that is basically the result of us playing hard, fore-checking and not turning the puck over in our zone and being a hard team to play against."


Blue Jackets Goalie Mathieu Garon

Commenting on the team’s play recently…

"I think we're playing with more confidence and we know where if we make a mistake we know someone else is going to cover up for us. Right now, like I said, confidence is a huge factor and I think we have it right now."

Commenting on his recent play…
"I'm feeling good, but like I said, guys are blocking lots of shots in front of me and taking care of the rebounds and all I have to do is the first save and tonight I felt good. But I think as a group we felt great.

Blue Jackets Left Wing Raffi Torres
Commenting on tonight's game…

"We're creating a lot of stuff, creating a lot of chances, so you know nothing can come out of that but confidence, you know and Jake (Jakub Voracek) is playing probably some of the best hockey he's played here in a while and (Mathieu) Garon, he's obviously playing really well, but we've just got to keep feeding off each other and keep doing what we're doing."


Dallas Stars Quotes

Dallas Stars Head Coach Marc Crawford

Commenting on tonight’s game…

"When you are at points of the season when things are a little bit harder, you just have to dig in a little bit harder. On the positive side, Marty (Turco) played a lot better tonight. Defensively I thought we all dug in a little bit there. We could have been better moving the puck. We could have had a few more forwards moving their feet, being a little more aggressive in front of the oppositions net. We did get some glorious chances and didn't put them away. Any time you get two breakaways and you have good guys getting them, you hope that you get something out of it. I think we can build on this effort, but we need to improve on it that's for sure."


Dallas Stars Left Wing James Neal

Commenting on the current road trip…

"It's tough. We played well our last game and you want to keep that going, keep that consistency. We were struggling big time before this. You kind of want to get out of the basement. It was a tough night. We have to keep crashing the net and putting pucks there and good things will happen. We need to put this one behind us and look forward to Philly."

Commenting on tonight's game…
"Marty played well and you want to help him out. It's a tough one to take. Columbus has been struggling, too and you want to come in here and play a hard road game and start up a good road trip and we got away from a few things. We had the chances."


Dallas Stars Goalie Mary Turco

Commenting on tonight's game…

"Things are starting to pile up we are not having a good enough complete game. We are accomplishing a lot of great things almost every night. The next step whether its swagger or attitude, just being able to win hockey games. Things look good, you have a lot of chances. It boils down to doing those things and believing in them. That's an attitude that we have to earn and develop. We have seen some good things lately. We just have to start putting them together. A team like Hitch's, you have to pay a price to win games. It's not pretty or crazy. It's shear hard work and determination and they are going to make you work for it and tonight we just didn't get it done."

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