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Quotables: Game 3

by BlueJackets.com Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards



On the effort/occurrences of the third period...

TR: "Loved our start, obviously. It was a great start. The crowd was into it. They called a timeout, I think that helped regroup them a little bit. I think getting into penalties and our penalty situation took away from the momentum too. I don't think it was about stepping off the gas. I thought that our attitude was still good. I thought we worked hard. We made some mistakes and they're a team that if you make a couple of mistakes, they get some momentum. They started skating and that was different. I didn't think that it was an attitude of stepping off the gas."

On if he can pinpoint why teams down 3-1 have won every game in the series...

TR: "I could not. We obviously don't want a 3-1 lead. I can't put my finger on exactly what it is. It creates a little more desperation in the team that's trailing."

On what he said to team afterwards and the significance of game 4...

TR: "There was no message after the game to the guys. I think the emotion was high, I think the disappointment is there. You have to be able to put things behind you. We'll have to learn from it and talk about some things tomorrow, getting ready for game four. Whether it's an emotional win or a tough loss, put it behind you and get ready for game four."

On maintaining physicality to increase Pittsburgh frustration...

TR: "When we are able to play a fast physical game, it's how we manage the puck. They did a better job going back, it looked like they were rimming pucks more. It would be something that we would have to address tomorrow. they were going back and doing a better job there. I think they did a better job in the neutral zone. Again, in the first period, I think there were a couple of opportunities when we had the puck and we didn't get it behind them. The turnovers feed right into their team and they created some momentum out of it."

On officiating...

TR: "I'm not going to comment on the officiating or the calls or the non-calls. It just does me no good, it does our team no good."

On the loud atmosphere...

TR: "I thought the crowd was great and the atmosphere was everything I expected. I guess the one thing that was a little bit unexpected, and I'm basing this off of the last time we played Pittsburgh, I saw a lot of black in the crowd during that fifth game against Pittsburgh, that last home game. It was great coming out because I saw a lot of red, white and blue."

Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno

On letting the 3-1 lead slip away…

NF: “Just because we have a fast start, doesn’t mean that we can’t maintain that all the way through…It was just a lapse in getting pucks behind them and giving their (defense) a little more time to make a play, and now their forwards have it, and that’s a dangerous situation. So, I think it’s just committing to that aspect every game and every shift, and knowing that when you do that the outcome is real positive, and we saw that in Game 2. It’s funny how maybe the team that’s playing from behind plays a little more desperate and that’s why they have more opportunities. We have to be able to play with a lead in the playoffs.”

On the physical play throughout the game…

NF: “The physicality has to continue. That’s our bread and butter, that’s how we break teams down, so from our standpoint that needs to stay up, and that has to be a conscious effort from everyone going forward. It was a hard-fought game, just disappointing to let that many goals in the third.”

Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson

On the tight series and last three goals scored in the 3rd period…

JJ: “I still think we played well. Obviously, you’re not going to win every game in a series, I don’t think sweeps ever happen anymore. There’s too much parity in the league, every game is so close — every game will probably be a one-goal game. A couple of point shots got deflected in, I think the last one was going three or four feet wide, and it hit Wiz in the pants, and goes in. That’s why you play the best-of-seven.”

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