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Post Game Quotes - March 11 vs. Atlanta

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Atlanta Thrashers at Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Interim Head Coach Claude Noel

Commenting on tonight's game…

"I'm happy the way we played. I thought we managed the game ok, not ideal, but I was happy that we controlled the game and did what we needed to do. The biggest thing was I thought that we checked and if we did that, we would win."

Commenting on the play of the team…
"We needed to get more shots to the net. We had in zone time and still no shots. We'll go at it again tomorrow and try to build this thing into a well oiled machine. Three periods like the first is what we have to get to and it takes time. There were a lot of good things in the game."

Commenting on the play of right wing Derek Dorsett
"Dorsett's a good player. The thing that stands out for me is he's won a Memorial Cup, so he knows how to win and he plays with passion. He knows how to play and that's why he's in the National Hockey League."

Commenting on the play of goalie Mathieu Garon…
"I thought Matty was good. He looked a little unsettled early… but I thought he played a good game. Unfortunate the puck goes in off of our skate (for Atlanta's goal), but I thought he looked good. He helped us win."

Columbus Blue Jackets Player Quotes

Blue Jackets Goalie Mathieu Garon

Commenting on tonight's game…

"The first two periods we held them to something like 10 or 11 shots, which made it easier for me. We didn't want to change our game plan just because Rick (Nash) was out of the lineup. We have a lot of guys battling for a spot in the lineup and some have more responsibility now. The guys are working hard for each and every win."

Blue Jackets Left Wing R.J. Umberger

Commenting on tonight's game…

"It was one of those games which you throw pucks at the net. There were some funny bounces tonight and one went off of a skate, too, so sometimes you work things out and tonight was one of those nights. The first period was one of the fastest periods played this year with no whistles – up and down the ice –those games are pretty fun."

Atlanta Thrashers Quotes

Atlanta Thrashers Head Coach John Anderson

Commenting on tonight's game…

"When it's not going for you, it's not going for you. We got a little bit of a bounce with one of the goals for us but we are not getting any breaks right now. We only allowed 21 shots on goal. It is a difficult loss."

Commenting on the Thrashers current four-game losing streak…
"Tonight exacerbates the problem, losing 2-1 the game before, same thing. We are not scoring goals. We are not giving up a ton, but we are not scoring many either. We need to do some things to free up some scoring."

Atlanta Thrashers Defenseman Chris Chelios

Commenting on tonight's game…

"We didn't generate a lot. You know, it's like a playoff game. You see how one goal can be the difference. I made a bad decision on a pinch there on their second goal. I guess it is playoff hockey; we tried to be aggressive but the same token you have to be smart and not give up those odd man situations. You just have to have the mind set that one goal could be the difference and tonight it was."

Commenting on his return to the NHL…
"It's great. I had a tough bounce on the first one, but like I said it is a big adjustment coming back. You have to keep things simple. Like I said, my mindset has to be just play solid defensively and the rest will follow itself."

Atlanta Thrashers Right Wing Nik Antropov

Commenting on tonight's game…

"Obviously we are not playing well, we have lost four in a row. It is not a good situation for us if we want to make the playoffs. I don't think we were ready to play for the first period and a half. They were two goals up and it is difficult for us to come back. Their goalie played ok, we didn't get enough pucks on the net but you have to give them credit."

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