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Post Game Quotes - Nov. 11, 2009 vs. Detroit

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock
Commenting on the team's play…

"This has been building for three games now. This is lack of buy in – we're not checking. We're 28th in the league in goals against and against good teams, it shows up every time. Our goalies have bailed us out a few times, but we don't have a buy in, so we look light and slow."

Commenting on the game tonight…
"We really got schooled today. We got schooled by a hungry team that got beat 5-1 the last game and they were ready to play and we weren't. It doesn't surprise me. We'll learn the lesson, go back and have a chat."

Commenting on the play of Steve Mason and the decision to pull him in the first period…
"He's going to have to bury this with the rest of us. He's our guy and he's going to have to fight with the rest of us. I just felt like the (early) goals weren't his fault. He needed to catch his breath."

Commenting on playing Detroit…
"It's an opportunity lost because it's a division game and because of the way we played. We didn't play committed or hard against a genuine opponent. It’s disappointment in the attitude towards the competition."


Columbus Blue Jackets Player Quotes

Blue Jackets Left Wing Rick Nash

Commenting on tonight's game…

"When we win big games you move on pretty quickly. We've got to make sure this game is forgotten pretty quickly. You know, we will go over it tonight or tomorrow and see what we did wrong and move on."

Commenting on correcting the mistakes made in tonight's game…
"We've got to go over what we did, and what mistakes we made. You know there was a lot tonight. We've got to make sure we're ready. We're playing some great teams now, and we’ve got to get past this one, so we will look over what we did wrong and move on."

Commenting on Detroit's play…
"Yeah they played a solid game, but we played terrible. We know we can beat them, we proved that last year that we can stick with teams like that. It's just a matter of not showing up tonight."


Blue Jackets Goaltender Steve Mason

Commenting on if anything was said to him after being put back in the game to start the second period…

"Nothing was said, but I think with him (coach Ken Hitchcock) putting me back in shows that he was trying to get some momentum."

Commenting on moving ahead to Friday's game…
"It's going to be a great bounce back game hopefully. You know they have got a lot of high quality players so it's going to be a great test for us. You know they really handed it to us tonight and I think we have got to stop pretending and start doing something for real."


Detroit Red Wings Quotes

Detroit Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock

Commenting on tonight's game…

"We got out to a good start. I obviously wasn't very happy with our last game and I let the guys know that. We played with good structure tonight. We got a lot of pucks to the net which is important and things turned out well for us tonight."


Detroit Red Wings Goalie Jimmy Howard

Commenting on tonight's game…

"We stuck to our system from the drop of the puck until the end of the game. When we play like that it is going to be a long night for the other team."

Commenting on the early goal support…
"We came out like gang busters. It was nice to see some of the guys rewarded for how hard they have been working."


Detroit Red Wings Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom

Commenting on tonight's game…

"It certainly does help when you start out the game like that with three quick goals. We really got a good jump on them right off the bat with the first shift and we just kept coming at them."

Commenting on start of the game...
"We wanted to come out with a good start, especially the first 10 minutes. They are the team to beat in our division. They are on top of our division and we are looking at playing well against the top teams. I thought the whole team responded well tonight."

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