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Post Game Quotes - Oct. 21, 2008

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Vancouver Canucks at Columbus Blue Jackets

October 21, 2008 – Nationwide Arena

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock
Commenting on tonight's game…
"(Luongo) is intimidating. We kind of flinched and put numerous pucks low - you have to elevate it on him if you are going to have a chance to score. He doesn't let the goal in that can distance you and he's so good. To get three goals on him is a pretty good feat."

"We're learning how to win right now. Vancouver has a big, strong, veteran hockey club. These are games you can grow your team from."

"The first 45 minutes was the way we wanted to play. The last 10-12 minutes we got bogged down. It's so early in the season, teams are desperate for points. These are playoff games. These points are as valuable as anything that’s going to happen in February and March."

Commenting on rookies …
"Dorsett is a big addition to our hockey club right now, he does play like a young player. He played against the Sedin line all night, and that's a big responsibility for a 21-year old. He's abig part of our team right now."

Commenting on Goaltender Pascal Leclaire...
"He was a big factor tonight especially late in the game – he made a huge toe save. I was happy for Pazzy, he was really in control today."


Columbus Blue Jackets Quotes

Blue Jackets Left Wing Jason Chimera
Commenting on playing on a line with Jakub Voracek and Derick Brassard
"Jake (Voracek) and (Derick) Brassard are only going to get better as the games go on here. It's fun to play with them. They're two young kids who are fun to be around and they bring new light to the end."

Commenting on reducing the number of penalties…
"Yeah, we shot ourselves in the foot a couple games. Especially against Nashville we were clearing pucks the whole first period. You can't get any momentum. A lot of guys don't get into the game and the penalty killers get tired. We took a few bad penalties at the end of the first period, but the rest of the night we played pretty well."


Blue Jackets Right Wing Derek Dorsett
Commenting on his first career NHL goal…

"It was a huge relief, probably one of the biggest celebrations I've done after a goal. It's just really exciting and I'm glad that I got it."

Commenting on his responsibility…
"I just try to do the things that will help the team win. I just keep it simple and play into the system. It's been paying off for me, and I just got to keep doing those things to earn the coach's trust."


Blue Jackets Goalie Pascal Leclaire
Commenting on Vancouver's offensive pressure…
"Their first line played pretty well with the Sedin twins. They were passing the puck pretty well. They were able to create a little bit, but it's normal. We just found a way to win and that's the important thing."

Commenting on the team coming together…
"We're getting better every day and I think it's only going to get better. Everybody plays as a unit. You can see every day at practice that we're getting more used to each other and that's a good sign. Hopefully we can grab some momentum and get a winning streak going."


Visiting Head Coach Quotes

Vancouver Canucks Head Coach Alain Vigneault
Commenting on the start of tonight's game…

"Yeah, I mean obviously we've talked about getting better starts and again that wasn't the case tonight. We gave up a two goal lead and obviously it's an area we want to win on a regular basis, but we're definitely going to have to get better because it's definitely something that's been a deciding factor on this road trip."

Commenting on the six-game road trip…
"Obviously the road trip didn't turn out the way we anticipated. We're still in the process of evaluating our team. With that being said there are some areas that we are going to work on here in the next couple of days and we're going to get ready for Edmonton."

Commenting on the starts of games during the road trip…
"We've had good second and third periods throughout this road trip. I don't know if the start is preparation, a save, a goal on the power play, a combination of all of the above, but obviously we need to do a better job there."

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