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Post Game Quotes - Mar. 19 vs. Minnesota

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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Blue Jackets Interim Head Coach Claude Noel
Commenting on tonight's game…

First thing, I'm happy with the result of the game. I thought we played a good third period. We were a little disappointed in how we played in the first 20 minutes."

Commenting on the return of Captain Rick Nash
"I thought Rick Nash made a statement to the team that he is a tremendous leader and I think he showed that tonight. He was a man among boys. He was outstanding for us and he took charge of the game."

Commenting on Minnesota…
"We knew they played last night so we wanted to take advantage of that. They looked like they hit a wall. I think fatigue was a factor for them."

Commenting on the play of left wing R.J. Umberger
"That's why he's one of the leaders. He's a horse as well. Tonight he proved to his teammates he’s a proven leader."

Columbus Blue Jackets Player Quotes

Blue Jackets Left Wing Kristian Huselius

Commenting on the third period and his goal…

"If felt good in the third, we forechecked hard and we played with the puck and got the momentum and scored some big goals. On my goal, I was lucky it came back to me and just stayed with it and it was nice to see it go in."

Blue Jackets Right Wing Rick Nash
Commenting on tonight’s game…

"Our motivation is playing for the fans and making sure we make the games exciting for them (the fans). We are making the right moves. Obviously it is a little bit late, but momentum at the end of this year can carry over into next year. We are going to have the same core group here, so it is important to get past the things that we are not too good at. I thought we were the better team most of the night we just didn’t shoot enough."

Blue Jackets Goalie Mathieu Garon
Commenting on Rick Nash's return to the line-up after missing the past four games…

"In regards to Rick Nash, he obviously made a big difference tonight. He's a great leader and tonight he showed it again. In the third he took care of things when it was 2-2 and he got us the win."

Minnesota Wild Quotes

Minnesota Wild Head Coach Todd Richards

Commenting on the Blue Jackets' third goal…

"That's what it looks like on the video, too and to me, it's almost identical to the one last night, where if you watch it on tape (R.J.) Umberger skates in and he's in the crease, Josh (Harding) goes to make the save and he's not allowed to. They said that (Nick Schultz) Shultzy had made contact with him, but when you watch it, you can see that he skated in there all by himself.”

Minnesota Wild Center Casey Wellman

Commenting on tonight's game…

"Yeah it was definitely a disappointing loss, the guys were working hard and they ended up getting a few good chances that they capitalized on, so it was pretty disappointing."

Commenting on making his NHL debut…
"Yeah, I mean, the guys tried to keep my nerves down for me. The guys are great and you know they just told me to be confident out there."

Minnesota Wild Goalie Josh Harding

Commenting on the Blue Jackets' third goal…

"Yeah you know, the last two games its happened once a game and I don't know, maybe I need to read the rule book and see what is considered goalie interference. You know, he said he was outside the paint, but I tried to watch the replay a little bit but I don’t think he was, and I had nowhere to go."

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