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Post Game Quotes - Nov. 30 vs. St. Louis

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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

"This was a very gritty win. You lose a player, and the whole bottom fell out when Rusty (Rostislav Klesla) went down. We just had to find a way to play a little bit better and we did, we played a lot better in the third. We needed this game badly."

On the Umberger-Brassard-Voracek line…
"The line is really coming on. There is confidence and good chemistry there, they've got great energy. Derick (Brassard) is starting to really play, he's strong on the puck and he's really starting to elevate his game, which is a good sign. Jake (Jakub Voracek) had energy tonight and R.J. (Umberger) likes playing with the two kids."

On the play of defenseman Kris Russell…
"He played good today. He played on the move, attacked in the right area. He didn't force the attack, he came from underneath, which was a real good sign. He was more in control today, but used his mobility in a good way. That's a good sign for us. We're going to need it now."

Commenting on the status of defenseman Rostislav Klesla…
"He's gone for an MRI, so we’ll be able to tell you in the morning."

Commenting on what Klesla has meant to the team this season…
"Yeah (he's been our best defenseman). He's the heart and soul of the hockey club. He's the guy that blocks shots, puts his face in front of pucks."

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Blue Jackets Defense Kris Russell

Commenting on getting back in the lineup…

"I think I played pretty well. I wanted to get back on the ice. No one likes sitting out, so I said 'you know if I get the chance to get back in, I've got to make the most of it.' It was a good game for me, you know, Commie (Mike Commodore) gave me a lot of confidence, so that helped and you know it's fun playing with a guy like him."

Commenting on the added workload after Rostislav Klesla left due to injury…
"I think the more you get on the ice the better you feel and the more confident play you have and you know it's unfortunate that players like Rus (Rostislav Klesla) goes down, but you know guys have to step up and play a little bit more minutes."

Blue Jackets Right Wing Rick Nash

Commenting on tonight's game…

"We had some good efforts tonight. Umberger's line obviously stepped up. You know we are back at it tomorrow and we've got to get over this win and start focusing on Chicago."

Commenting on R.J. Umberger
"Yeah, he had a huge night. It was a tough game. It's always tough playing St. Louis, and we needed someone to step up and it was their line and him and it's what we need."

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St. Louis Blues Head Coach Andy Murray

Commenting on tonight's game…

"We made three individual checking mistakes that resulted in plays in the back of our net. We must have shot the puck over top of their net six times when we had tremendous scoring opportunities. To me those things can't happen. On the first goal, we let a guy get speed at the blueline, the second goal we have position on a guy and he gets his stick on the puck, and the third goal it's a three-on-three and we have a guy that is covering his guy at the blueline and lets him go and he goes in and redirects the puck for the win."

St. Louis Blues Center Keith Tkachuk
Commenting on tonight’s game…

"I thought we controlled the play throughout but just didn't get the end result. It almost seemed like as a whole team, we changed our game in the third. I don't understand why because I thought we controlled the play after we killed that penalty. It just seemed like we were trying to get to overtime and that's unacceptable."

St. Louis Blues Goalie Chris Mason
Commenting on tonight's game…

"In the third, we didn't get any offensive pressure, I don't think. I think we played well in the third period going to the net and creating some chances. We just weren't able to finish any of them and that was the game."

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