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Post Game Quotes - March 26 vs. Chicago

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Chicago Blackhawks at Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

Commenting on the game …
"We started to build from the second period on yesterday and got back on track. We looked like we started to play the way we were before (the last three games)."

"We hemmed them in – we did a great job at it and that was a big key for us. We played with more risk on the forecheck ... and we got rewarded for it. It created a lot of momentum for us."

Commenting on the playoffs…
"The third period in Detroit was devastating to us and our organization. We're looking at two points and being three points out of the playoffs, and the next thing you know we're seven out."

Commenting on Clay Wilson …

"He's coming out of the American League with some confidence, which is nice to see. There are some things he does that would help a team in the National Hockey League. He has quickness. He's very smart moving forward with the puck – which is not very common in the League. He seems to be able (make plays at top speed)."

"He got himself in a position on the on-timer, he created the angle. Our players were excited for him. When you see good players come up and play well, it brings enthusiasm to the group."


Visiting Head Coach Quotes

Chicago Blackhawks Head Coach Denis Savard

Commenting on the play of the Blue Jackets…
"We give them credit. They played a heck of a hockey game. Yesterday watching the Nashville game, they out chanced Nashville last night so they're not giving up. No teams in this league do."

Commenting on the difference in tonight's loss…
The first four minutes we played pretty good, came out pretty strong. Then we took some bad penalties, gave them the momentum and never recovered."


Player Quotes

Columbus Blue Jackets Left Wing Rick Nash

Commenting on tonight's game…
"It was a big game. We knew we didn't bring our best last night and it (the loss in Nashville) was a tough game. You come back-to-back and tonight was a great effort."

Commenting on responding to recent losses to Chicago…
"It was nice. The last two times they came in here they embarrassed us in our own building. A division team like that, you don't ever want to see that happen. Tonight we answered the bell and I thought it was one our best games in a while."


Columbus Blue Jackets Defenseman Clay Wilson

Commenting on his first NHL goal and assist…
"It's unbelievable. I came up here not expecting too much, just trying to keep it simple on defense. Luckily, tonight things were going (well). Z (Nikolai Zherdev) made a nice pass to me in the slot. I closed my eyes and the puck went in. It's just a great feeling. It's something you wait to do your whole life."

Commenting on earning a chance in the NHL…
"I think I felt a little more comfortable tonight than last night. First period, I was pretty nervous but as the game went on, I started feeling more comfortable. The guys have been great, they’ve been so supportive. They talked to me a lot and have been real positive."


Commenting on the difference between the NHL and AHL...
"The guys are faster. There's a lot more talk. It seems a lot quicker."


Columbus Blue Jackets Center Joakim Lindstrom

Commenting on tonight's game…
"Our first period last night wasn't very good. All of us in here wanted to come out strong in the first period and I think we did. We played physical and we were heavy on the puck all game long. It was a nice team win tonight."

Commenting on the contributions of the Syracuse players…
"All of us down in the minors want to make it up here. We try as hard as we can to make an impression. We battle for our lives every single game to help the team and also help ourselves."

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