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Post Game Quotes - Jan. 15 vs. Vancouver

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Vancouver Canucks at Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

Commenting on the game …
"Our first period was really good. I thought we were really energized and we had a lot of chances. When it was 2-0, we had the chances to make 3-0 and could have made it easier on ourselves."

"I thought the first period was strong and the third period was really strong. We managed the puck and the game the right way the third period."

Commenting on Nikolai Zherdev …
"Zherdev was the best player on the ice. I think he's a top player in the league. He's a competitive player in his own way."

"Someone told me once, 'the toughest player on the ice is the player whose got the puck,' and he's got the puck a lot right now and he wants the puck – that's a good sign."
 

 

Visiting Head Coach Quotes

Vancouver Canucks Head Coach Alain Vigneault

Commenting on the overall performance tonight…
"I thought they came out really strong. They seemed a lot readier than we were in the first period. We were forced to take four penalties, and they took a 2-1 lead. I thought after that we had a great second period, thought we had a push there for awhile. Didn't get a lot out of it, only eight shots but I thought we controlled some of the play."

Commenting on the comeback…
"We haven't had one comeback all year and we weren't able to muster up one tonight."

Commenting on facing an early 2-0 deficit…
"We were down 2-0, we didn't quit; we battled back to 2-2. For some reason after that we were unable to get the offensive production needed to come back."

Commenting on the two quick Columbus goals…
"They had two power play goals off the bat. Our penalty killing needs to do a better job."
 

 

Player Quotes

Columbus Blue Jackets Defenseman Rostislav Klesla

Commenting on tonight's game…
"We followed the game plan to a T. Everybody was on their game and we didn't really give them much. We had a lot of energy and a lot of good efforts from a lot of people. It was a pretty solid game and we came out of it with an important two points."

Commenting on the aggression of the Columbus defense…
"Their coverage maybe wasn't as tight. They were maybe worried about our forwards and they let us (the defense) get open more times. Our job is to get the pucks through for our forwards. We did that tonight. It helps the flow, it helps our forwards trust us more that they can go to the net and the puck will be there."
 

 

Columbus Blue Jackets Defenseman Ron Hainsey

Commenting on scoring on Vancouver Roberto Luongo early…
"It's real important. We had a lot more chances the rest of the way and he shut the door. The power play was really good moving it around but he shut the door a couple times on real good chances. It was important scoring on our first power play and getting off to a good start and we hung on."

Commenting on tonight's game…
"We kept it on the outside and didn't give them a ton. Obviously, the Sedin line with the way they were playing; had some good control. For the most part, we’re pretty happy with the way we played them."
 

 

Columbus Blue Jackets Defenseman Adam Foote

Commenting on the team's ability to remain disciplined…
"I think the difference is we're playing hard and staying in our game plan, not trying to do too much. We're not trying to run around and get hits. We're not reacting to a team, we're initiating. That's something that Hitch talked about is that we have to go out and initiate rather than react. We always had the effort, always had the energy but sometimes we haven't executed the game plan. That's been the difference the last few games."

Commenting on taking a puck to the cheek…
"I got lucky. I got real lucky. It must have hit me flat. Thank god it was a wrist shot."

Commenting on the team's maturation…
"I think the way we're reacting and staying in the game plan when things don't go our way is a sign of maturity."

Commenting on the upcoming road trip…
"We've got to bring it on the road."

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