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Post Game Quotes - November 5, 2008

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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

"To be honest with you; this is our team. When you play young skilled players, you're going to go through peaks and valleys during a 60-minute contest. We're going to be an entertaining team all year because we can score goals and create offense. We're going to make mistakes because we have youthful enthusiasm and young guys are going to make mistakes. You have to do the things and then learn from them from there."


Commenting on the play of the team…
"We had a lot of players play really, really well tonight. We deserved this one tonight. We earned it."

Commenting on goaltender Steve Mason
"First game, hard circumstances – ok. He didn't know he was playing. He's like a lot of our young guys, on the job training right now. I think he learned how good the NHL is and the shooters. Good lessons and we'll move forward with it. He made a couple of big saves on the penalty kill. He's another young guy that's a great asset for us."


Visiting Head Coach Quotes

Edmonton Oilers Head Coach Craig MacTavish
Commenting on tonight's game…

"Just a sloppy game from the outset, it looked like we had it under control in the third period when it was 4-2 and then it was just speed-tracked to our set. We you see games like that as many times as I've seen them over however many odd years, you know what the results going to be and sure enough it happened. We're not near responsible enough or accountable enough for our play with the puck."

Commenting on the penalty kill and end of the game…
"The 5-on-3 (penalty kill) was the highlight of the game. It's disappointing to loose a game that you're leading by two goals, but it's in the fashion that we lose the game. That speaks to inexperience, it speaks to our collective gamesmanship as a team right now and it's a painful lesson."


Columbus Blue Jackets Quotes

Blue Jackets Goalie Steve Mason
Commenting on tonight's game…

"Not too bad. A little rusty at some points in the game. I made some mistakes and kind of cost us some goals, especially on that fourth one, but I felt pretty good."

Commenting on the game’s final minute plus…
"At the stoppage in play I looked up and saw there was 1:19 on the board. That was probably the longest 1:19 of my life, and one of our defenseman broke his stick and that made it a little more difficult to clear pucks. But the guys did a great job blocking shots that final minute and that definitely preserved the win."


Blue Jackets Center Manny Malhotra
Commenting on tonight's game…

"(Derrick) Brassard and Jake (Voracek) have been stellar doing their job, getting points on the power play, being strong offensively. For (Steve) Mason to step in and play his first game and make a lot of big saves for us, that's huge. I think that says a lot for our youngsters and the future of this team."

Commenting on his goal…
"It was a good job by our penalty killers. (Rick) Nash made a great pass back, Raffi (Torres) got a great shot on net, which I thought was initially in, and I just scored on the rebound there."


Blue Jackets Left Wing Raffi Torres
Commenting on tonight's game…

"That shows that we're not quitting, and we're sticking to it to the end. Last game in New York, we fell behind 3-0, we battled back, and that shows leadership and that guys are stepping up."

Commenting on beating Edmonton…
"It feels great. They're going to be a good team. I think for us tonight we showed we can play against speed, and as long as we stick to our game plan and play hard."

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