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Post Game Quotes - Mar. 28 vs. Nashville

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Nashville Predators at Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

Commenting on the game …
"We could have done a lot more. We only have a few people who are thinking in terms of scoring … we're teaching people how to work, but the scoring part doesn't come naturally. We have to spend some time on that."

"If you look back on it, we're not able to finish (against Nashville). We just don’t win the one-on-one battles in the offensive zone."

Commenting on the playoffs…
"Mathematically it's not (impossible), but someone is going to get the points - once they have to play (one another). That will knock us out."

Commenting on D Clay Wilson and D Aaron Rome…
"(Wilson) was good. He's adding a lot to our group, he brings and element to our team we haven't had all year. It's really good to see. Both he and Rome bring a lot to our team – it's really exciting, for now and the future."

 

Columbus Blue Jackets Player Quotes

Columbus Blue Jackets Left Wing Rick Nash

Commenting on the two Nashville goals in a short span…
"It's tough. We had a tough defensive zone and we let them have an easy shot and an easy tip in. Freddie (goaltender Fredrik Norrena) really had no chance. And then they kind of had a lucky second goal. But we can't get down. We're at home; we've got out fans behind us. I thought we got back on track, we just couldn't finish."

Commenting on Nashville goaltender Dan Ellis…
"We couldn't beat Ellis. We had a lot of shots. We just didn't have much traffic. We had a lot of shots and a lot of chances there down the middle. We were finding his chest pretty easy. He comes out and plays the angle a lot and we knew that before. It was just a matter of getting the pucks up high and we just didn't do that tonight."

 

Columbus Blue Jackets Right Wing Jared Boll

Commenting on fighting Jordin Tootoo…
"I guess I kind of knew it was coming. We thought we wouldn’t wait all game, we'd just do it in the first period and worry about the hockey game."

Commenting on the mutual dislike between the two teams…
"When you play a team eight times, it just seems to happen. You get sick of playing them and I'm sure they're sick of playing us."

 

Columbus Blue Jackets Center Michael Peca

Commenting on Nashville's dominance over Columbus…
"That builds a rivalry within the division. What we're trying to establish is that we're not going to get pushed around if things get a little bit physical. Most of the games have been very close this year. We've been unable to score good goals when we needed to. I just think it's a healthy rivalry that I think will last a long time."

 

Visiting Head Coach Quotes

Nashville Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz

Commenting on the difference in tonight's win…
"We wanted to get through that first period. I felt that was real important for us. I know emotionally they were very jacked up and very focused on trying to win that hockey game tonight. I thought the first period was key for us. Got some timely goals in the second, we started to take over some momentum and we were able to capitalize on our chances."

Commenting on Columbus' play…
"They came hard, I give a lot of credit. Columbus had a lot of focus and a lot of energy. They were heavy on the puck all night. They were stronger on the forecheck, but I didn't think it was a very physical game at all."

Commenting on Columbus' season high 43 shots…
"They had 43 shots but they weren't as many hard quality chances. It wasn't a hard 43 shots, but they had some chances."

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