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Post Game Quotes - Nov. 4, 2009 vs. San Jose

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

San Jose Sharks at Columbus Blue Jackets

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

"I thought we really played well. I don't think there was a lot of energy left in the third because the teams were going at each other so hard. We want to see if we can get up to that level."

Commenting on the team's play…
"The confidence is we can play with all the good teams. Now, it's whether we can motivate ourselves every night – that's what the good teams do. No matter who it is, (the good teams) play well every night and that's what we're trying to get to. We want to prove we're a good team. We got guys digging in. We’re emotionally starting to connect with everybody."

Commenting on the return of defenseman Jan Hejda…
"Just huge. A really competitive guy that gets to every loose puck, no time in your zone, the other team's best players are negated. His presence is huge. He and Rusty (Klesla) were a good pair tonight."

Commenting on the growing confidence of goaltender Steve Mason
"The last three games he's been great."

Commenting on forward Nikita Filatov…
"I think he's learning how to play. It's a lot easier to get the matchup at home. He's going to have to play against better players tomorrow. The line did some good things. Filatov wants to shoot the puck and (his linemates) will crash the net."

Commenting on the power play…
"(Scoring the power play goal) showed our hunger. We needed to take advantage of that one. I thought our guys did a great job on that one."


Columbus Blue Jackets Player Quotes

Blue Jackets Right Wing Rick Nash

Commenting on tonight's game…

"(Goaltender Steve Mason) Mase played well. The special teams was good and I thought we played a solid game. You know, they are a good team and I thought we had a good night and it's disappointing we didn't get the two points."

Commenting on what the team can take from this game…
"It was good a good solid game, and I thought the guys played well and there were a lot of positives."

Blue Jackets Left Wing R.J. Umberger
Commenting on rebounding from a one-goal deficit twice…

"Yeah, you know what, sometimes in the game the momentum shifts a lot, but I thought we responded well and we found a way to get a good power play goal. You know we go into the third period a tie game and that’s what you want to see."

Commenting on tonight's game…
"You know, we played a lot better in the third then we have, you know we just have to build off tonight. If we play that way you're going to win a lot more then you lose."


San Jose Sharks Quotes

San Jose Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan

Commenting on tonight's game…

"The whole night was a challenge. We probably didn’t play as well as we would have liked to, but we came away with a win. Both teams, you could see, were missing some skill. It wasn’t an overly pretty game to watch. They did a good job of playing a straight forward, hard game and we tried to match that."

San Jose Sharks Goalie Evgeni Nabokov
Commenting on tonight's game…

"I thought we played really well the whole game for a road game, especially the first two periods we were really good. The third period I thought both teams was playing defensively not wanting to take extra chances. We were tying to put the pucks in the net but they did a good job."

Commenting on the shootout…
To be honest with you, I never have any plan because the shooters are all so skilled. I never scout the guys. I just try to make sure my gaps are covered and try not to be out of position."


San Jose Sharks Left Wing Dany Heatley

Commenting on his goal…

"It was a pretty easy goal, I was skating pretty well."

Commenting on tonight's game…
"They are a team that really collapses (defensively) and waits for mistakes. We made a few mistakes here and there and we got a power play goal and Nabby (Nabokov) shut them down in the shootout."

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