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Quotes from Ken Hitchcock, Wayne Gretzky and Players

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

Commenting on the game …
“The first period was excellent. We were a little bit unlucky to be up only 1-0. We took the foot off the accelerator and they came hard at us like we knew they would and then I thought we did a lot of good things in the third period.”

Commenting on Chimera, Malhotra, Boll line …
“We had this line a few times in exhibition and it was really effective and it was effective again tonight. For this line, there is unbelievable speed on the wings and this is about as well as Manny’s played since I’ve been here.”

“The goal Boll scored looked like a goal scorer’s goal. He’s a very effective player, he’s got the other teams attention, he has our own teams attention - he’s fast, he’s strong and he is getting better and better. You can see it in practice and it’s feeding into the games now. He’s going to be a really solid NHL player for a long time.”

Commenting on G Pascal Leclaire …
“He’s playing well – really well. He’s seeing the puck, he’s stopping the puck, he’s competitive and there are a lot of guys playing hard in front of him, so that’s a good sign too.”

“The goalie was the best penalty killer today. We have some tape to show people tomorrow. We did a lot of good things, but then we started to leave our feet and run around a little bit in the third period. We needed Pascal big time, because they have four guys back there that can fire rockets and they were just loading up from back there.”

Visiting Head Coach Quotes
Phoenix Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky

Commenting on the Coyotes’ performance tonight…

“It was frustrating in a sense that we didn’t get a lot of chances. We knew it was going to be a tough game, thought we had our opportunities at 1-0. Even at 2-0 we kept pressing.”

Commenting on the Blue Jackets’ performance tonight…
“They deserved to win the hockey game; they played well. They played hard. We have to find a way to score goals on our power play.  We’re 0-13 (with the man advantage) and that’s not very good.”

Commenting on tonight’s game…
“We had some opportunities and didn’t capitalize, but we have to figure out that at the start of the game you have to be proactive and not reactive. We’ve waited to see what the opposition is going to do and before we know it we’re getting outshot 6-1. We have to change that sort of mindset tomorrow.”

Commenting on what changes need to be made…
“I’ve said this many times, when things aren’t going well and you’re struggling in certain areas the best way to get out of a draught is to simplify things.”

Player Quotes

Blue Jackets Goaltender Pascal Leclaire

Commenting tonight’s game…

“The guys played well again tonight. I think they (Phoenix) only had chances on the power play. Five-on-five, we were pretty solid. That’s a team thing. Like I said last game, the goalie gets a shutout but it’s really a team thing when you get one.”

Commenting on the Blue Jackets’ style of play…

“I think our turnovers are down big time. That’s an important thing we keep saying to each other, throw the puck deep and you’ve got 200 feet to come back instead of 100 or 50. I think we’re a lot better on our blueline.”

Blue Jackets Right Wing Jared Boll

Commenting on his first career NHL goal…

“It was an awesome feeling. I saw him (Colorado goaltender David Aebischer) drop so I knew I had to get it up.”

Commenting on his parents not attending his second game, after attending the first…

“They (parents) weren’t here tonight but I know they have (the NHL) Center Ice (Package) at home so I’m sure they were watching.”

Blue Jackets Center Manny Malholtra

Commenting on his linemates (Jason) Chimera and (Jared) Boll…

“We were joking around this morning, Chimmer and I, being put back together for the first time in a long time. It just feels right, it feels natural. Once you have an opportunity to play with somebody for a long time, you learn their tendencies. I know what to expect from him and he knows what to expect from me. We really feed off one another’s playing style. Boller did a great job stepping in and using that youthful enthusiasm, as you would call it, making great forechecks, hitting a lot, giving us that energy and he was rewarded with a really good goal.”

Blue Jackets Left Wing Jason Chimera

Commenting on his goal that bounced in off his leg…

“One of the best goals of my life. Further on in life, I’ll say it was an end-to-ender.”

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