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Post Game Quotes - March 18 vs. Calgary

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Calgary Flames at Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

Commenting on the game …
"This is the way we played pre-All-Star break. We got back to the team game we need to play to win. Everybody was on board and it was nice to see. We did a lot of the things we were doing earlier this season when we were dominate in this building."

"(Iginla) is one of the best players in the league, obviously – he's the key. If you keep him off the score sheet, you at least give yourself a chance to win the hockey game."

"We really managed the puck. If you don't do it properly, you are just going to get overwhelmed. It was a really nice step to manage the puck the way we did tonight."

Commenting on the play of Nash-Malhotra-Fritsche…
“I thought Dan Fritsche was good and I thought the line was really good. They did a great job, they had to play against Iginla-Langkow-Huselius and did a great job."

"Manny's working hard, he's playing the right way, he's having success and he's got a great shot."

Commenting on Fredrik Norrena …
"He was really sound. The thing that was impressive for me was the no rebounds. He didn't give out any today, which was a real good sign for us."


Player Quotes

Columbus Blue Jackets Center Manny Malhotra

Commenting on playing a complete game…
"We played a very complete game all around. We always stressed throughout the year that the offense is going to come from sound defense. That's exactly the case tonight. We didn't allow them to have sustained pressure in our zone. We limited their odd-man attacks. We really frustrated them throughout the game."

Commenting on beating Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff early…
"When you get an early goal on any goalie, it allows you to have confidence and perhaps it gets into his head a little bit more than he'd like. Our focus is we want to have a quick start and by getting a quick goal like that, it always helps our game."

Commenting on his second consecutive two-goal game…
"I think those are just a result of being in the right place at the right time. On both those goals, Rick (Nash) made an incredible pass, he had a lot of patience waiting for that lane to open up. And the same with Fritch (Dan Fritsche). He made a great pass off the side of the net and I guess I was just rewarded for being where I was supposed to."


Columbus Blue Jackets Left Wing Rick Nash

Commenting on tonight's game…
"It was a good night. The guys stuck to the game plan. We played defensive first. It just shows what we're capable of when we play the right way."

Commenting on the intensity of the game…
"It was a battle out there. It was a tough game. We stuck with it, a 1-0 game all the way to the third. It's a tough game to play in. For us to score those two goals in the third and Freddie (Norrena) come up big again, it's a huge win."


Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltender Fredrik Norrena

Commenting on tonight's game…
"You always have to be lucky if you want to have a shutout in this league. Today, the posts helped me and the team helped me. This was a way different game then the last game against Detroit. Tonight we controlled the game and we deserved to win."

Commenting on getting some offensive help…
"You have to score goals. That's where I need (help) to be able to win games. Every now and again, I have to win a game for the team but as long as we score, we always have a chance to win."

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