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Post Game Quotes - Jan. 18 vs. St. Louis

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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

"They really come at you the first 10 minutes and we haven't been able to survive the first 10 minutes. We've really dug ourselves a hole. I thought we got better and better as the game went on. I thought we really managed the game properly. We had a lot of solid line play today."

Commenting on the play of left wing Raffi Torres…
"He's an unpredictable scoring player. He's got a great wrist shot and he's one of the few guys that can score from distance. It's hard to cover him because he doesn't have to be at the net to score his goals. He's got arguably the best release on the team."

Commenting on the play of center Derick Brassard
"Yeah, I think that's what Scott (Howson) said, too. This was his best game of the year. It's a good lead in, because we're about to get a hell of an evaluation the next two games."

Commenting on the play of right wing Chris Clark…
"He and Sammy (Pahlsson) have really good chemistry right now. He's playing really well for us right now. When the game is on the line, I always trust players like that."

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Blue Jackets Left Wing Raffi Torres

Commenting on his goals…

"Yeah Dorse (Derek Dorsett) and Derick (Brassard) as well. You know we were strong on the cycle and it was a strong play by him. You know, it's those kind of guys you've just got to make sure you get open, he made a great play back door there and it works."

Commenting on scoring after St. Louis tied the game 2-2…
"Yeah, big goal by Nasher (Rick Nash) there. You know, it's kind of weird seeing a goalie giving him that kind of time there and space and you know he capitalized on that and I think in the third there with Clarky (Chris Clark), that was a big goal for us."

Blue Jackets Goaltender Mathieu Garon
Commenting on tonight's game…

"Yeah I mean it was a different game from (playing at) St. Louis. We knew they were going to come hard in the beginning and offensively we created all sorts of chances by shooting and going to the net and, like I said, defensively they didn't get too much and I thought we played a solid game."

Commenting on tonight's game…
"Yeah I think the last three or four games we give up the first goal early in the game and we didn't panic. We also got a couple goals and it seems like after that we had control of the game the whole time."

Blue Jackets Left Wing R.J. Umberger
Commenting on tonight's game…

"I think all around we played a really good game. I think our defensemen were aggressive, strong in the corners and they made the good first pas. Matty (Mathieu Garon) was extremely sharp in the net; our forwards were back blocking shots; we weren't turning the puck over; it was just a good game all around."

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St. Louis Blues Head Coach Davis Payne

Commenting on tonight's game…

"I didn't think we had much jump tonight. Even when we called upon it, it didn’t seem like we were able to get our gears shifted for the third period. For whatever reason, Columbus did a great job with any fore-check that we were able to establish. We had very little net traffic and very few secondary possessions. I thought we lost the majority of puck situations when we could have been much stronger. We have to regroup tomorrow and get ready for Montreal."

Commenting lack of intensity…
"We will take a step back and we will look at it and assess the process. We will look at exactly what happened on the video and address certain areas. Some of them were puck decisions, some of them were battle level areas. This is one we will simply address those areas."

St. Louis Blues Goalie Chris Mason
Commenting on tonight's game…

"Early on it looked like the puck was falling toward us all over the place. It's going to happen sometimes and it just happened to work against us tonight."

Commenting on the team's play…
"It was definitely not even close. It felt like a step backwards. That is definitely not the style of hockey we have been playing. I don't know if we got a little bit ahead of ourselves after winning four games and thought we were a little better than we were. But we definitely didn't bring the work ethic that's helped us win those four games."

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