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Post Game Quotes - Nov. 29, 2008

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Washington Capitals at Columbus Blue Jackets

November 29, 2008 – Nationwide Arena


Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock
Commenting on tonight's game…

"We used the term a man's game. They're a really physical, big team, and they make you play. If you don't play (the correct way), then they'll push you right out of the building. Tonight, we finished the job. For us to play as well as we did and to shut them out, it was impressive."

Commenting on goaltender Steve Mason
He was good. He's been good for a little while now. He was disappointed in the game against Phoenix and he wanted to respond and rebound, and that's exactly what he did. He played great. If Mason continues to play like this, the way the standings are and how valuable points are, we've got to play him. We've got to play him quite a bit."

Commenting on captain Rick Nash
"I thought Nash was great. He knew the challenge. The challenge for him was two fold; the opposition didn't hurt and what's happened that last two games – he wanted to push us over the top. He wanted us to have the feeling that with all the work we've put in we we're going to get rewarded for it."


Columbus Blue Jackets Player Quotes
Blue Jackets Goaltender Steve Mason

Commenting on the shutout…

"The guys made it really easy to play tonight. They were making sure that the lanes were open so I could see the shot from the point. A lot of credit to them – they shut down one of the best players in the league."

Commenting on the full team effort for the shutout…
"It's pretty special, but at the same time it’s not just me. The guys made it really easy; they were on him (Alex Ovechkin) all night. I might have made a couple saves on him, but the guys did a great job."


Blue Jackets Left Wing Rick Nash

Commenting on the home win…

"Considering the fact we're at home, and the last couple home games haven't been too impressive, especially with a lot of tickets sold, it was big to give that night to our fans and show them a good product on the ice."

Commenting on Mason’s performance…
"(Steve) Mason was great. He held us in there. And all our defenseman – especially the pair of (Mike) Commodore and (Jan) Hejda – they stopped (Ilya) Kovalchuck a couple weeks ago and stopped (Alex) Ovechkin. Those are probably the two best scorers in the league. Those guys deserve a lot of credit."


Blue Jackets Left Wing Raffi Torres
Commenting on his first goal as a Blue Jacket and the win…

"It's good to finally get a goal. Hopefully we can keep it up."

Commenting on playing regularly again…
"I feel like every day I get a little bit better, and get my timing a little bit more. The rest just comes from just moving my feet. If I keep on moving, I’ll keep getting my chances like that."


Visiting Head Coach Quotes
Washington Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau

Commenting on tonight's game…

"I thought they (Blue Jackets) played a really good game. They came out, they got the lead and they never stopped. They kept playing and they were solid defensively. They took advantage of their chances in the last two periods. They could have had more in the first but the last two periods, though they didn't have as many, they took advantage of the ones they did have."

Commenting on Blue Jackets Goalie Steve Mason ...
"We didn't create any traffic in front, but he was pretty good. I don't want to take anything away from the young man. In the second period one of the things we talked about was, 'listen I'm seeing every shot from the bench and if we're seeing all the shots from the bench that means he is seeing everything.' When goalies are playing really good they have that feel at this level that they're not going to get scored on, you've got to score a little grunge goal we call them, get in front of him so he can’t see it and get a rebound. But we weren’t able to pay that price tonight I guess."


Washington Capitals Player Quotes
Capitals Right Wing Eric Fehr

Commenting on the play of goaltender Steve Mason

"He (Mason) was making some good saves but we weren't getting in front of him to make sure he couldn't see pucks and a couple of guys hit the crossbar and a couple of guys hit the posts so we were close especially at the end there."


Capitals Goaltender Brent Johnson
Commenting on the play of goaltender Steve Mason

"We pulled out all the stops, we shot it everywhere on him and he came up with some big saves. It's about getting bodies in front of him. If he sees the puck, he is going to stop it."

Commenting on Rick Nash's second goal…
"I screwed up on the second one … I made him do exactly what I wanted to do. I poke checked and he went to the one side and I thought I was there, and he was able to slide it through my pads."

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