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Post Game Quotes - January 30, 2009

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Ottawa Senators (0) at Columbus Blue Jackets (1)

January 30, 2009 – Nationwide Arena

Columbus Blue Jackets Coach Quotes
Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock
Commenting on tonigh's game…
"I thought (Jan) Hejda and (Mike) Commodore were really good. The big thing in the game was we didn't put it away when we had to. We left it out there and then they started to come on. We don't play well when we try to play the score. When we hang back or play cautious, we don't play well. I thought that's what happened in the third period."

Commenting on Jakub Voracek's play…
Jake was great tonight. He played really well."

Commenting on goaltender Steve Mason ...
"Mase had to make three big saves in the third period. He's ok. What are you going to say – he's a good hockey player. You just accept the fact that you have a hammer."

Commenting on special teams …
PP - "We tried to play like a finesse team on the power play. We didn't shoot the puck."

PK - "We did a really good job positionally and rotating."

Columbus Blue Jackets Player Quotes
Columbus Goalie Steve Mason
Commenting on the team chemistry…
"Obviously there's a sense of confidence in the room, but there's still so much to be accomplished right now that we can't be satisfied with what we've done. We are playing well our last little bit of games, but the most important games are ahead of us."

Commenting on getting shutouts…
"Not really. The most important thing for myself is getting into a playoff position. We did that tonight, and we just want to keep moving forward with it. Shutouts are nice to get on a personal note, but they don’t really mean anything in the end."

Columbus Right Wing Jakub Voracek
Commenting on his goal tonight…
"I was a little bit lucky. Michael Peca hit me in front of the net, but I'll take it. It's a big two points for us. We move up to (tied for fifth) place (in the Western Conference standings), but we've got a big game tomorrow."

Commenting on the play of goaltender Steve Mason
"Steve Mason had an outstanding game. He made a couple of big saves in the third period. It doesn't matter if it's 1-0 or 5-4; it's still two points for us."

Columbus Left Wing Fredrik Modin
Commenting on tonight's game…
"Obviously we'd like to have a few more goals, but it felt like we had parts, especially in the second period, where we really came at them hard and had some good chances."

Commenting on the team's success of late…
"The forecheck is the key to our game and it's been successful throughout stretches in these games we have played. I think that's what has paid off here. The key is to continue doing that and extend that stretch, not just one period, but 60 minutes is the key."

Ottawa Senators Coach Quotes
Ottawa Senators Head Coach Craig Hartsburg
Commenting on tonight's game…
"I thought the first period we were ok, second period we got ourselves in some penalty trouble and the third period we had a couple chances where if they go in the net then we're probably still playing."

Commenting on the second period altercation…
"It's hard to believe we end up shorthanded in that. It's just hard to believe that."

Commenting on his team's total of 10 shots in the first two periods…
"We were shorthanded a lot which, in back-to-back games that takes a lot of energy out of your team. We didn't give up much. We did a good job killing penalties. Against that team you're not going to create a lot of scoring chances but in the third we did have a couple of quality ones."

Ottawa Senators Player Quotes
Ottawa Senators Defenseman Chris Phillips
Commenting on the lack of offense…
"It's disappointing not being able to generate anything offensively. Being able to capitalize was the difference in the game tonight. It's just disappointing. We need to get on a roll and we the opportunity to do that tonight; to carry over from yesterday and we did not take advantage of it."

Commenting on being shorthanded in the first and second periods…
"When you're killing penalties it's tough to generate a lot. Sometimes when you're having trouble scoring you're trying to make the perfect play." 

Ottawa Senators Left Wing Dany Heatley
Commenting on tonight's game…
"With the style they play, I thought as the game went on, they backed in more. I thought we had some more speed going through the neutral zone in the third period and generated a few more chances but obviously not enough. When we did get some decent chances but he (Steve Mason) made some big saves."

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