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Post Game Quotes - Jan. 16 vs. Chicago

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock
Commenting on today's game…

"It was a wide-open hockey game. I thought both teams' defenses were vulnerable. We had a lot of chances to score and we had chances. We poured a lot into today and didn’t get the result."

Commenting on the play of the team…
"I thought we looked slow defensively, but (Chicago) do that to a lot of teams. We were slow to pucks in our own zone at times."

Commenting on the play of special teams…
"The difference was special teams. We had a chance early in the third period to salt it away on the power play and couldn't do it. Their power play was a little bit better than ours in the third period."

Commenting on the play of right wing Rick Nash
"When you're not scoring it points to your top scorer and I think that is unfair to Rick. There are a lot of top scorers for other teams in the NHL that don't kill penalties, don't do all the grunt work… we tell him to do everything and it takes a special player to do that."

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Blue Jackets Center Antoine Vermette

Commenting on the high scoring game…

"Yeah you want to find that balance, I mean, it's a good offensive team on the other side tonight. We found a way to score a couple goals which is a good thing, and on the other end we have to tweak our defensive play."

Commenting on the enjoyment of the amount of goals scored…
"I mean, personally I enjoy those games. It's a lot of fun; you get moving. Yeah, the up tempo, it's fun. I'm sure from a fan perspective, too, it's fun to watch. Generally you don't want to give up too many goals like this tonight, usually we get a bit more scoring chances and a bit more offense than we did tonight, but again you got to find a way and got to find the game that is going to make you successful as a team."

Blue Jackets Defenseman Kris Russell
Commenting on the team's defense…

"Well, we knew we weren't playing our game. We knew they were coming hard and with a team like that, if they are going to get those chances, they are going to bury it and we've gotta do better. We knew the second and the third was going to be a runway and we came out and played well and I though Mase (goaltender Steve Mason) played really well."

Commenting on rallying from an early 3-1 deficit…
"We've got to do that from the opening puck drop. We can't wait for them to be up 3-1, then come in and challenge them late."

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Chicago Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville

Commenting on tonight's game…
"I think everybody got excited offensively. They had a lot of rush chances that first period and got some momentum off of that. Then the early goals in the second period put us back against it. But we had a good third period and we were dangerous on the rush ourselves. A lot of offense, a lot of goals and it was an entertaining game but maybe not so much for the coaches."

Commenting on Raffi Torres' goal late in the third period…
"We were maybe asleep on the switch there jumping over the boards."

Commenting on the power play…
"Johnny (Toews) made a couple of nice shots. Kaner (Patrick Kane) has been making some plays five-on-five and on the power play. Our power play has been pretty dangerous lately."

Chicago Blackhawks Goalie Cristobal Huet
Commenting on tonight's game…

"I think in the first period we started the game pretty well. We got a big lead, and then after that I think we felt a bit too comfy. We gave up a lot of scoring chances and allowed them to get back into the game. After that first period I thought Columbus thought they had nothing to lose anymore. They came out in the second and scored two goals. I think everybody was frustrated on our bench. We came back strong. Our guys are capable of putting the puck in the net."

Chicago Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews
Commenting on tonight's game…

"I think all around that a lot of their offensive chances came off the rush As forwards we never seemed to have a high guy. We were always getting beat back by their third guy or their defenseman jumped onto the rush and that created a lot of their scoring chances and a couple of goals to. We kept at it and whether you score on the first chance or not you are going to get second opportunities and keep pucks in their zone and we were able to do that."

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