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Post Game Quotes - Nov. 8, 2008

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Calgary Flames at Columbus Blue Jackets

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

"The third period was for veteran players. It was a very physical game, it was tough on the boards, there was not a lot of flow to it and it needed to be ground down. Malhotra's line stepped up for us in a big way and helped us build those minutes."

"This was not a pretty hockey game. Calgary puts a lot of pressure on you physically and there is a lot of weight on loose pucks and I thought we hung in there. As the game wore on, we were dictating the tempo."

Commenting on G Steve Mason
He's just solid everywhere right now. There are no holes in his game, there's no easy goals that go in and he's working well with the defenseman. He's just solid, solid, solid."

"If your goalie is not strong, you are always vulnerable. There's a confidence level that comes with it … you get that level and it feeds throughout the rest of your hockey club. He's helping us win hockey games."

Commenting on winning three in a row …
"If you're going to win, you have to do the things that hurt. It's not easy blocking shots … those are the small sacrifices that at the end of the night win hockey games for you. We're starting to make (a lot of those types of plays) and that's why we are so difficult to play against right now."


Columbus Blue Jackets Quotes

Blue Jackets Goalie Steve Mason
Commenting on winning his first three NHL starts…

"It's pretty special, obviously. It hasn't had time to sink in really yet. I couldn't ask for a better start. I'm very proud of it, but the toughest part of the NHL is sticking around so I still have to do that."


Commenting on the team's defensemen tonight…
"They were doing a great job blocking shots, especially the ones that were possible, and clearing pucks in front of the net after rebounds. When they're doing that it makes my job a lot easier."


Blue Jackets Center Michael Peca
Commenting on the third period…

"I think as times go on, our fans are really going to enjoy those periods. We have a one goal lead and we shut it down, get a goal for insurance purposes, and play that type of hockey the last 20 minutes. These are the games that build a team up."

Commenting on tonight's game…
"We realized what was at stake. We realized the type of game we had to play, because we knew what they were going to do. We came out and we dictated, we dictated the speed and we dictated the physical part of the game, and at the end of the day we were able to keep the puck in their zone."


Blue Jackets Center Derick Brassard
Commenting on his goal…

"The defensemen pinched me and I just lifted the puck. I saw I had the open space, I had a breakaway, so I just took it and shot low blocker side."


Visiting Head Coach Quotes

Calgary Flames Head Coach Mike Keenan
Commenting on tonight's game…

"I don't know if it was a tough game to play. The chances were fairly even and they capitalized on some errors that we made, and that was fundamentally the difference in the hockey game. It was a tight game on both sides. The chances to score were low on both sides and we made a couple of errors that gave them the opportunity for the puck and that made the game."


Commenting on goaltender Curtis McElhinney…
"Curtis had a good game considering the fact that that he hadn't played for quite some time. He was very solid. I found that he had a good solid handle on tonight's game and we just couldn't produce much more."


Commenting on his plan for the Blackhawks tomorrow…
"Well we'll have to generate more opportunities than we did tonight. We didn’t pass the puck very well. And hopefully we'll be able to generate more chances tomorrow."

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