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Post Game Quotes - January 16, 2009

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

New Jersey Devils (2) at Columbus Blue Jackets (1)

January 16, 2009 – Nationwide Arena

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock
Commenting on tonight's game…
"We had complete control and playing really well, and we took a poor penalty in the neutral zone. We didn’t get the clear and then it's game on. We did what we needed to do; the guys were playing pretty good. We played well, but we left the game out there. They caught their break and they took advantage of it. Good teams do that. This is a tough loss for everybody, but we can move forward."

Commenting on new guys in the lineup…
"I thought all three guys (Jason Williams, Raffi Torres and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen) played really well. I liked what Williams brought to our team; he’s a really good addition for us. I played him quit a bit and he played really well. Torres was his wreck less self. I told Scott (Howson) that I liked the way Tollefsen played today. He played a very sound game today."

Commenting on the game-winning goal…
"(Referee Don Koharski) said the call was his and (Toronto's video war room) sent it back down to him – they ruled it inconclusive. He said 'the call was mine and I called it a goal.' Yes, (I've seen the replay). The net was off and (Marc) Methot was pushed in by (Jamie) Langenbrunner – the net was off, but it's the referees call and he called it a goal. It's a little bit disappointing because our understanding was the net was off. We haven’t caught a break on one of these yet this year."

 


Columbus Blue Jackets Player Quotes
Blue Jackets Center R.J. Umberger
Commenting on the game-tying power play goal…
"They're a responsible team. It's always a tight game. They've done it for years. You can't make any mistakes, and unfortunately I did, and gave them everything."

Commenting on New Jersey's second goal…
"I thought he (goaltender Steve Mason) had it (the puck) covered and they (the Devils) stuck with it and I guess there was no whistle on the ice. Those are goals you want to score on your own side, just keep digging at it, but I don't know what the ruling was (on the New Jersey goal)."

Commenting on the Blue Jackets recent stretch of games…
"We've been playing some good hockey, and it hurts letting this one slip away. It's just two points we should have had tonight, and when you're responsible for giving it up, it's tough letting your team down."

 
Blue Jackets Center Manny Malhotra
Commenting on the flow of the game…
"That's good solid hockey. They trap everything up; don't give you very many opportunities, that was expected. That's a lot of the game we've been playing lately to be successful. You don't give up very many opportunities. I don't think it was as entertaining of a game as the fans would have wanted, but that's the style of hockey that's winning lately."

Commenting on playing New Jersey…
"This is the game you expect from Jersey. The team that makes the fewest mistakes is going to be the winner. It was just an unfortunate bounce and their second goal was possibly questionable, but it was still up to us. We didn't get the second goal."


Blue Jackets Defenseman Mike Commodore
Commenting on the upcoming three-game western Canadian road trip…
"A lot of guys get excited to go back out there. We have a lot of guys who are from back out West, so guys get kind of jazzed up for that. It's good. It's always a fun trip out there. (We just need to) go out there, win some games, have some fun and go into the (All-Star) break feeling good about ourselves."

Visiting Coach and Player Quotes
New Jersey Devils Head Coach Brent Sutter
Commenting on the game-winning goal, which was reviewed by officials…
"The call was the call on the ice. They called it a goal, because we didn't feel like we were the team that pushed the net off the ice, and the replay showed that. The puck was on its way in the net and the defenseman knocked the net off, so that's clearly a goal. So, yeah, it went our way, but it was the right way."

Commenting on getting the win…
"We found a way to win here. We didn't play all that great the first two periods. We played much better in the third; we played with some assertiveness, competed, played hard, and did a lot of good things in the third period that we need to do to be successful. The first two periods we didn’t do that. That's why we were able to come back and our specialty teams; our penalty kill did a great job tonight and our power play got a big goal to even the match."

Commenting on the Blue Jackets competitiveness…
"I think they're 8-1 (7-1-1 entering tonight) against Eastern Conference teams going into the game tonight and there's a reason for it. The way they play and how hard they work it's quite surprising to see their record where it's at. They play a very structure game and they were pretty darn good defensively, and neutral zone play is very good. We had to fight and scratch and claw tonight, but to do that you got to fight through stuff and you got to get through things."


New Jersey Devils Center John Madden
Commenting on the third period…
"We definitely got some bounces in the third period to get that win. You got to take advantages of mistakes, and we did that. For the first two periods, we just didn't seem to have an edge on them at all and couldn’t get anything going."

Commenting on the Blue Jackets style of play…
"The system that they play and when they play it as well as they did tonight, yeah. I think it's a type of system, though, that if everybody's not playing it at the same time you can expose it, but at the same time, when everybody's doing it, it's pretty tough."


New Jersey Devils Goalie Kevin Weekes
Commenting on tonight's game…
"It was a tough game and, obviously, they played a really good game all game long. Coach Hitchcock teams are always well coached and always very disciplined. Typically they play their systems real well, and tonight those guys did exactly that. We couldn't really generate that much offensively, which is tough, especially playing against that Steve Mason kid. He's been awesome."

Commenting on the difference in the third period…
"I think we were more responsible with the puck, especially coming through the neutral zone. Again, because these teams are so well-coached, you can't really force things that aren’t there in the neutral zone. We had several neutral zone turnovers, and they were able to counter us and generate chances on us. We managed the puck a little bit better coming through the neutral zone in the third period, and establish the fore check and regain possession and make some plays down low."

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