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Post Game Quotes - Mar. 9 vs. Tampa Bay

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

Commenting on the game …
"It was like three hockey games out there. The first period they were all over us pretty good, then we got that second goal. We played great in the second period and then, all of the sudden, in a two minute span – bang, bang – tied up and then the track meet was on in the third."

 

Commenting on the five goals and the power play…
"Relieved would be the word."

"We're counting that as a power play goal. You can do whatever you want to do with your percentages, put them in any location you'd like, but we're counting that as a power play goal."

 

Commenting on winning at home…
"Right now, all it is is relief. You knew it was going to be bizarre. To come back and win in the third period is the best feeling for us right now. You start to have doubt in your game … but winning like tonight can relieve some of those problems."

 

Visiting Head Coach Quotes

Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach John Tortorella

Commenting on the play of goaltender Mike Smith…
"I'm not going to get into talking about individual players here."

Commenting on tonight's game…
"I thought our team played hard, defended well, didn't give them many opportunities at all. Scored a couple of goals, played good enough to lose."

 

Player Quotes

Columbus Blue Jackets Center Michael Peca

Commenting on the team's play at home…
"We've been disappointed with the way we’ve played at home since the All-Star break, that’s really been the backbreaker for us. I thought we succeeded for the most part on these road trips. The home games have been too relaxed, not intense enough. Teams sensed the importance of these games and come into our rink and outplayed us on those nights. It's good to see us be a little more resilient tonight."

 

Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltender Pascal Leclaire

Commenting on tonight's game…
"Our offense was pretty good and our defense and penalty killing was good. They have a lot of power, big names; a lot of points in that lineup. We did a great job not giving space to those guys, they did get a couple goals but we limited their chances pretty good."

 

Columbus Blue Jackets Derek MacKenzie

Commenting on his first career NHL goal…
"It was nice to finally get that one, especially to get it when we're hunting for a playoff spot, it makes it that much more special."

Commenting on being in a playoff chase…
"It's on our mind everyday. Our goal is to make a final push here and make the playoffs."

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