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Post Game Quotes - Mar. 9 vs. St. Louis

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Numbers

1 - The number of disallowed goals in tonight’s contest. Why is that significant? At the 15:58 mark of the opening period, St. Louis defenseman Ian Cole appeared to score his first NHL goal from behind the goal line. After a brief discussion, the officiating crew decided that Cam Janssen interfered with Blue Jackets goaltender Mathieu Garon. Turned out that Cole would get his first career tally anyway – he scored in the third period to cut the Blue Jackets lead to 3-2.


6 - Goals scored this season by center Derek MacKenzie, a career-high and then some. He stepped up his game in the absence of Derick Brassard (who returned tonight) and didn't look out of place with Rick Nash and Jake Voracek in previous games. He ripped a one-time zeppelin past Jaroslav Halak in the second period tonight off a deft apple from line mate Jared Boll.

19:05 - Time on ice (TOI) for Blue Jackets defenseman Grant Clitsome in tonight's game. He was fifth in ice time on the club tonight and contributed a crafty assist on R.J. Umberger's 21st goal of the season. With the Blue Jackets on the power play, Clitsome found a seam in the Blues' defense and flipped a wrister right to Umberger's waiting stick. The deflection fooled Halak and gave the Blue Jackets a quick 2-0 lead.

4 - The number of total losses (regulation and overtime) this season when Jakub Voracek finds the back of the net. So obviously, getting the big Czech winger on the board is an order of business. He finished off a scintillating 3-on-2 with Brassard and captain Rick Nash that opened the scoring. Brassard found Voracek right in front of Halak and he snaked the puck around the goaltender’s pad for a 1-0 lead.

2-11-11 - Brassard's last game before being injured in the first period against Colorado. He missed the next eight games due to that injury and vowed to back in the saddle as fast as he could. Based on his performance tonight, you wouldn’t think he missed a beat. He was flat-out soaring through the middle of the ice, and pitched in four hits to go with a handful of top-notch scoring opportunities. The Brass is back.

Post-Game Quotes

Blue Jackets Head Coach Scott Arniel
Commenting on tonight's game…

"For about 33 minutes we did everything we wanted to do, we played hard, created chances, had some opportunities and scored some goals. For the remaining 27 minutes we stopped playing. We made lots of mistakes. We got careless and got away from what we were doing right in the first half of the game."

Commenting on the return of Center Derick Brassard to the lineup…
"He did a lot of good things and he skated very well. He had some good chances himself. He did a good job of keeping the shifts short and gave us some good jump in the middle of the ice."


Blue Jackets Right Wing Scottie Upshall

Commenting on tonight's game…

"We have to be better. It was a great start and it was a poor finish. This time of year you have to be able to put forth your best effort every night. Tonight was kind of an off game."


Blue Jackets Center Derek Mackenzie

Commenting on tonight's game…

"This is the second time that we have squandered a two-goal lead. I think the thing for us, we are a good fore-checking team. We are a team that likes to get pucks deep and when we spend a little too much time in our zone bad things are going to happen. It was a tough game to lose for sure."


St. Louis Blues Head Coach Davis Payne

Commenting on tonight's game…
"We did enough things right to get us back in the hockey game. The 3-1 goal is a big one to take into the locker room. Our third period we knew we were going to have to play with them; we knew we wanted to keep working and let effort create results and I thought our guys did that. I thought our penalty killers were real sharp, we used a lot of different guys out there and found a way to get it overtime. Then a great play on a rush advantage gives us the win."

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