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Post Game Quotes - March 10, 2009

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Post-Game Quotes


Boston Bruins (0) at Columbus Blue Jackets (2)

March 10, 2009 – Nationwide Arena (16,675)

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock
Commenting on the atmosphere…

"It's fun to play at this time of year when it counts. The building sounds like a building should at this time of year. The fans are into it, the players are into it and the media is into it, so it's fun. Everybody's having fun with this thing. Every shift is magnified. It requires a certain focus and concentration."

Commenting on tonight's game…
"It was an important game… but we were playing well. We needed to keep going and Boston's a really good team. They play the game the right way. I just felt like we were getting a very tough game and I was getting a great evaluation of our team, individually and collectively. The response we wanted from our team after the first four minutes was right on the mark and then we battled on."

Commenting on the pressure of the playoff race…
"Pressure has to be fun. If you're not having fun, you are not going to be able to perform. We have to play hard, compete and have fun. We're having fun competing."

Commenting on goaltender Steve Mason...
"He was really good when it was a little sketchy. When we got hemmed in, we turned the puck over twice in our own zone; he made two big saves and really bailed out some people. Then at the end, he made a great save on the shot that long shot that got deflected. He made a great save by being big. He really bailed us out when we were sketchy with the puck in our own zone."

Commenting on the play of center Antoine Vermette…
"He's a good player for us right now. He's a perfect fit for what we have going on. With no (Jason) Chimera, no (Derick) Brassard, no (Michael) Peca, and no (Fredrik) Modin we really needed someone in that whole… we needed someone to augment the balance (through the middle). He really helps us there."

Commenting on left wing Raffi Torres…
"That's what we needed – a new hero. Raffi did a good job. I thought he played really well the second half of the game when we really needed him to."

 

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Blue Jackets Center Antoine Vermette

Commenting on his first game in Columbus…

"That was great. I was talking two minutes ago to some of the guys. I was pretty impressed. It's fun to play in front of fans like that. It's a big lift and it's surely appreciated by all of the players."

Commenting on the Blue Jackets special teams play…
"It's huge. If you look at the standings, it's so tight right now, so details will make the difference at the end of the day. Right now it's crucial to be good on special teams and tonight it worked out for us."

Commenting on the team's overall performance…
"Mase (Steve Mason) was really good tonight. Again, it was a great team effort. I thought our lines played really hard. It's very exciting to see the chemistry going on and I'm glad to be a part of it."

Blue Jackets Goaltender Steve Mason
Commenting on tonight's game…

"Obviously we had a good effort against Detroit, but we had to put that one behind us pretty quickly. So for us to come up with a win against a team like Boston was definitely big."

Blue Jackets Left Wing Raffi Torres
Commenting on the play of center Antoine Vermette…

"It's only going to get better once he gets comfortable in here. As you can see tonight, he creates a lot of plays with his speed and that's what we need."

Commenting on the tight playoff race…
"It's very exciting. We are winning some big games right now and this is when you have to start winning. Every game from here on out is a playoff game. It's exciting to see the guys getting excited."

 

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Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien
Commenting on tonight's game…

"It's obviously not good enough if you're not winning hockey games. Maybe it's not so much the 'compete' level more than the commitment to staying with it the whole game. You see commitment at times and other times it slips. At the same time it's a matter of timely goals and timely saves, and we're not getting either. That makes for tough losses like tonight."

Boston Bruins Goalie Tim Thomas

Commenting on the collision with Blue Jackets center Jiri Novotny…

"No idea. I didn't see it coming at all. I'd have to look at the replay. I got hit pretty hard. I was pretty stunned. I couldn't really react to it."

Commenting on wearing goaltender Manny Fernandez' mask…
"You can ask any goalie. It's not fun to use anybody else's stuff when you're used to your own, but whatever, that's hockey."

Boston Bruins Center Marc Savard
Commenting on not being able to score…

"We're creating stuff. We had some opportunities where we had to finish them. It comes down to myself, the top goal scorers and play guys, we got to put the puck in the net. Give the kid (goaltender Steve Mason) credit. He made some good saves, but that's no excuse. We got to get something behind him in the chances we had."

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