Post Game Quotes - Oct. 2 vs. Buffalo

Thursday, 10.02.2008 / 10:21 PM / News
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Post Game Quotes - Oct. 2 vs. Buffalo

Buffalo Sabres at Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock

Commenting on tonight's game…
"We played really well until their second goal … the second and third goal deflated us. I thought we made a lot of mistakes with the puck today. We gave guys and opportunity today. When we turned the puck over, we were in trouble. We played so well in the first period, we looked terrific and then they got the lead and hung back. They took advantage."

Commenting on Nikita Filatov…
"He was good early – he's got great skill and speed. He's having to absorb a lot of information. For a kid that is 18 years old and has never played a game in North America, to come into this, it's a good start for him."

Commenting on Goaltender Fredrik Norrena...
"He wasn't happy and neither were we, but he'll bounce back and so will we."


Columbus Blue Jackets Player Quotes

Blue Jackets Defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen
Commenting on team unity tonight…

"We were battling together, but we didn't do a good enough job. We should have beaten this team."

Commenting on the opportunity to turn things around tomorrow…
"We're trying to show that we're a really good team this year and trying to do a good job, but today didn't go as well. The last two home games were good, but we'll be back tomorrow."

 

Blue Jackets Left Wing Kristian Huselius
Commenting on tonight's game…
"I thought that when they got the lead in the second and then scored right away in the third it kind of took the air out of us. But we have to fight through some adversity during the season as well, so we just have to hang in there and play hard."

Commenting on playing with a new line with Derick Brassard injured…
"You can't really focus on that. Injuries are part of the game. You just have to play with whoever you're going to play with and go from there and just work hard."

 

Blue Jackets Center Nikita Filatov
Commenting on his first NHL game…
"I was so excited because I was waiting for this moment for a long time because of my injury. I'm happy because it was my first game, but to lose is not so good emotions."

Commenting on his performance…
"It's so different because it's so fast and so tough here. Of course I'm excited, but I don't think it was my best game."

 

Visiting Head Coach Quotes

Buffalo Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff
Commenting on tonight's game…
"I liked our intensity. I thought we lacked a little bit of that last night. Tonight our puck battles were good; we had a pretty good physical nature to the game. They played physical and we were right there to match them."

Commenting on his team's finishing…
"We hadn't had much luck with pucks going into nets and finally we got to see a goal, but our power play did a nice job getting pucks through and taking advantage of some situations. Some nights it will go in and some nights it won't."

On what he told his team between the second and third periods…
"We told them that we wanted them to continue to play the way that we were playing. We wanted to win the puck battles and we wanted to make sure that we got on the defensive side of the puck."

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