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Post Game Quotes - Oct. 17, Game vs. Dallas

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Dallas Stars at Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

Commenting on the game …

“We backed off a little bit, but we still had them. We made a mistake on the tying goal.”

“You give good players a chance like that, they’re going to make good plays. They played the overtime just to get to the shootout.”

“The first two and half periods were terrific, we played really hard, really well. We did exactly what we needed to do to beat that team and if we play that way every time we’re going to win a lot of hockey games.”

“We didn’t put the hammer down and we payed for it in end. We had a chance numerous times in the first half of the game and when you have a 2-1 lead and are given odd man rushes, you have to score and that’s what we didn’t do. It came back to haunt us in the end.”

Commenting on on the power play …

“I thought the last two power plays we did a really good job on puck retrieval, but we didn’t on the other one’s. We’re allowing too many times, two guys to outwork three guys. When we started the season we were really good at coming up with the loose pucks.”

Player Quotes

Blue Jackets Center Jiri Novotny

Commenting tonight’s game…
“I think we played good the whole 60 minutes and overtime, too. It’s just bad luck.”

Commenting on his go-ahead goal…
“It was just a little bit lucky. The puck hit my skate and hit the post and stayed alive.”

Blue Jackets Right Wing Jared Boll

Commenting on tonight’s game…

“Obviously we wanted that extra point. We kind of let up a little bit there at the end. They happened to get that extra attacker goal. It goes into a shootout and anything can happen in a shootout.”

Blue Jackets Goaltender Fredrik Norrena

Commenting on the late goal…
“I just kept my upper body up a little bit too long and he found the five-hole. It’s too soft a goal at that point. We just had to stay tight and force them. We got a little bit passive there. And of course, I have to save that puck. No excuses.”

Blue Jackets Left Wing Rick Nash

Commenting on tonight’s game…
“It’s really unacceptable. Good teams can finish those games and win those games no problem. We really have to learn to protect a lead, especially at home.”

Commenting on the Stars’ tying goal…
“I don’t think it’s his (Norrena’s) fault. There’s a guy wide open in the slot. Maybe we should be a bit tighter. Could of, should of, would of, it doesn’t matter. It’s over now. By any means it wasn’t Freddy’s fault. He kept us in the game.”

Visiting Head Coach Quotes
Dallas Stars Head Coach Dave Tippett

Commenting on tonight’s game…

“We moved the puck very well. All aspects of the game, it was good. We were very good tonight.”

Commenting on the keys to tonight’s victory…

“It’s timely scoring and timely saves. We’ve been fortunate, our guys really play hard stopping (their chances).”

Commenting on picking up a shootout win after being down most the third period…

“It’s part of the rules. It is what it is and they’re valuable points – very valuable points. You have to treat it seriously and our guys do.”

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