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Post Game Quotes - Mar. 27 vs. NY Islanders

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

NY Islanders at Columbus Blue Jackets

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

"I didn't like the way we started the game. I thought that we played off of the last game's result. We were slow in the first period and we started to pick it up as the game went on. The overtime goal for me, I didn't like."

Commenting on defenseman Grant Clitsome scoring his first NHL goal…
"Tonight with Grant Clitsome, he followed up the play and put it on net. That's what happens when you put (the puck) on net. It was a timely goal and energized us. You like to see (a guy get his first career NHL goal)."

Commenting on the slow start to the game…
"We're trying to build the consistent minutes, so we played a decent 40 (minutes tonight). We were chasing them everywhere. We were almost fortunate to get out (of the first period down) 2-0. The area of concern was the D-zone coverage, it was an adventure tonight."


Columbus Blue Jackets Player Quotes

Blue Jackets Left Wing Rick Nash

Commenting on tonight's game…

"It wasn't that good of a game. We've played much better before. It was good to come back, but I don't think we had a full team that played their best."

Commenting on the difference between the first and second periods…
"The first (period) was brutal; we didn't play well at all. In the second we came back and started shooting pucks and started getting pucks deep and less turnovers in the neutral zone, we did a lot better."

Commenting on playing at Chicago tomorrow…
"Tomorrow's going to be tough. We will watch some video on what happened tonight and then go from there and hopefully come back from this."


Blue Jackets Left Wing R.J. Umberger

Commenting on tonight’s game…

"I don't think we came out with the tempo that we wanted to. We've been talking about trying to be pacesetters and I don't think, as a team, we did that in the beginning so we got behind early. I think we got on the offensive side of the puck too much and we were cheating and not playing solid defense position first. This team comes at you hard, they press you, and that's their style and we let them get to us right in the beginning."

Commenting on the Blue Jackets not being penalized in the game…
"Yeah, I guess it's good discipline on our part, it doesn't happen too often, you know, games where you can play without a penalty so you know we were able to get one on the power play and win the special teams but, you know, would have liked to have a better start as a team."


New York Islanders Quotes

New York Islanders Head Coach Scott Gordon

Commenting on tonight's game…

"It wasn't an easy game for us, they got some big bodies and as you know, we are shorthanded on the back end and the guys did well."

Commenting on the game-winning goal…
"Josh (Bailey) doesn't finish unless John (Tavares) makes that really good play to him. John is another guy, he probably could have had three goals tonight. The post got in the way. It's good to see both those guys coming up big for us."


New York Islanders Center Josh Bailey

Commenting on the game-winning goal…

"It was a great play by Streiter (Mark Streit) moving up the ice. Obviously he was gassed. He had been out there for a while. It was a great pass to Johnny (John Tavares) and he had a sixth sense, he knew I was there. He has such good vision and hockey sense. He found me and I was lucky enough to open him up just a little bit and get that hole."

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