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Post Game Quotes - Feb. 2 vs. Minnesota

Saturday, 02.2.2008 / 10:39 PM ET / News
By Blue Jackets Staff  - Writer
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Post Game Quotes - Feb. 2 vs. Minnesota

Minnesota Wild at Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

Commenting on the game …
"We knew what type of game it was going to be – we couldn't give them any odd man rushes. We were playing the way we wanted and we gave their best player two chances and he put them both in."

"We did a lot of things well and then we cracked again. We have been the team to make the big mistakes when the game is on the line."

Commenting on missing Fedorov and Modin …
"With no Fedorov and Modin – we're in the situation (of having to play young players a lot). It's not the situation that we wanted, but we have two 20 minute players that aren't playing right now. The difference in the last little while is we haven't had good enough play from our best players - that's the difference between winning and losing."

Commenting on the three game losing streak…
"We've given up 12 goals in the last three games and that's too much."


Visiting Head Coach Quotes

Minnesota Wild Head Coach Jacques Lemaire

Commenting tonight's game…
"I think we really played well for two periods. After that when it was 4-1 we sat a little bit in the third. They got good chances, our goalie was on top of his game at that point, and that's why it stayed 4-1."

Commenting on the team's fast start to the game…
"I was really pleased how we started. We were very good, excellent with the puck tonight, made great plays. We didn't have lot of shots but they were great goals. It is how you execute and we did it perfectly tonight."

Commenting on the current play of the team…
"We are playing better, we're doing okay. We just have to keep going."


Player Quotes

Columbus Blue Jackets Defenseman Adam Foote

Commenting on the team's inconsistent play…
"We're not taking away the danger zone. When we're sharp, we're taking away the danger. It's almost a trend right now that when we get down a goal, we seem to turn and not take care of the little details."

Commenting on not scoring first…
"When we don't get it (the first goal), we get off the game plan and we have a hard time executing, whether it's gripping the sticks or mentally not being sharp. We have to not change our game plan whether we're down a goal or up a goal."

Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltender Fredrik Norrena

Commenting on tonight's game…
"They picked us apart. We have to get better really quick and forget about this past week. That's the bottom line."

Columbus Blue Jackets Left Wing Rick Nash

Commenting on tonight's game…
"We just weren't good enough tonight. Our best players didn’t step up, myself included. And their best players were better than us."

Commenting on the team's play of late…
"It's a crucial point of the season right now and we need everybody stepping up, especially our best players."

Commenting on the playoff chase…
"We've been lucky the last two games. We've lost them and other teams have lost and given us a chance to jump into seventh tonight. Our performance wasn't good enough tonight."

Columbus Blue Jackets Center Dan Fritsche

Commenting on the team's defensive coverage…
"Our transition game is just not where it needs to be. We're not creating many odd-man rushes, we're just turning the puck over. We're giving teams like Minnesota tonight way too many odd-man rushes."

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