Post Game Quotes - Feb. 10, 2008 vs. Los Angeles

Sunday, 02.10.2008 / 9:49 PM / News
By Blue Jackets Staff  - Writer

Los Angeles Kings at Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

Commenting on the game …
"We kept pushing each other to compete and to play hard. We had our opportunities just like they did. We arrive at two or one (goals) and we're still getting points, but it's the little things (like Kopitar sweeping the puck off the line)."


Commenting on Dick Tarnstrom …
"He's a good add – he fits in, his ability to transition, move the puck and find people in transition will be a big, big help for us right now."


Commenting on team…
"This is the hardest we've competed all year, in general in the last three or four games - it's a wasted opportunity based on our effort. The thing that's been our nemesis all year is haunting us and that is our inability to garner more than a couple of goals a game."

"With out giving it up defensively, we have to start rewarding ourselves for the work we are putting in. Our players are focused on getting points every night, were paying a price. But, we are not scoring, so it puts a lot of pressure in other areas."


Player Quotes

Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltender Pascal Leclaire

Commenting on only getting only one point tonight…
"They (points) are very important, it's so tight right now, it changes every night. We have to figure out a way to put a few games together in a row."

Commenting on the team's recent play…
"At least we are getting points every game, so that is positive, but we can do a little better."

Commenting on returning to the lineup from injury…
"I felt good out there. It was good enough to play and it didn't bother me at all tonight so there's no issue."

Commenting on losing in a shootout…
"We have to find a way to win those games. You lose the shootout and get a point, it's not bad, but for us right now, we have to win."

Columbus Blue Jackets Left Wing Rick Nash

Commenting on the overtime loss…
"It doesn't matter what they play, we're at home and have to come in and dictate. We didn't tonight, fell into their game and didn't finish opportunities."

Commenting on having a chance to win…
"The first two weren't the best two periods, didn't play too well. To have a chance to win in the third was lucky for us. We were at home, had our fans behind us. I thought we came back great and had a chance to win in the third period. We need all the points we can get right now, especially when we're playing teams at home. We definitely need two points."


Columbus Blue Jackets Defenseman Ron Hainsey

Commenting on tonight's effort…
"It's really not what we're looking for. We played good enough to win, but good enough to lose in a shootout. We were close but we could have been better."


Visiting Head Coach Quotes

Los Angeles Kings Head Coach Marc Crawford

Commenting on tonight's game…
"It was a very good win for our group tonight, we had to fight through some adversity and your team has to maintain focus and really keep working and I thought we did a good job of that tonight."

Commenting on the play of goaltender Dan Cloutier…
"We didn't make a great many of mistakes tonight, and Cloutier was there for us when we did tonight. I thought it was a great win for him personally. It's been over a year since his last win in the National Hockey League."

Commenting on facing playoff contenders down the stretch…
"This was a huge game tonight for Columbus, trying to get themselves back into the playoff picture. We want to enjoy the challenge that comes with each game, St. Louis is going to be a desperate team on Tuesday night and we have to be ready to play a desperate team like we played against tonight."




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