Quotables: Game 4
Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards
On his team's ability to stay in games...
TR: "We've had good things happen. The guys have proven some resiliency, but we've also had some things proven where we put ourselves down and we had to prove that resiliency. One thing I would like to correct is the part where we put ourselves down and we have to prove our resiliency. Credit to them on how they came out and played, made plays, executed, scored goals, but our guys kept it together."
On being message to players after being down 3-0...
TR: "When I called the timeout, it was just about our guys doing the right thing. Sometimes when you get down 3-0 in an emotional game, you're playing at home, you go out and you want to make the difference on the next play. What happens is you start cheating in areas, you start pushing up the ice and now you become disjointed as a group. You want to execute and come up the ice together. That was really my message: work to get one. It's as simple as that. Whether it was that period or the next period, just work to get one. We got one and I'll tell you another thing, too: our crowd was great. The fans were great. At 3-0, the way it was going, there could have been boo's, but we got nothing but support from them. That helped, without question. We got one and the fans were back into it. Not that they were completely out of it, but we needed something to engage our fans and that (first) goal helped us. In the second, they ran into some penalty problems and we were able to generate a lot of momentum off of our power play and then, obviously, score a huge goal. From that moment, again, we talk about hope. You're down 3-0 against the Penguins, even 3-1 against the Penguins, but at 3-2, the way the game was going, there was hope. We battled all the way until the end, sometimes at the last minute it happens and our guys stuck with it for 60 minutes and we were rewarded in the last minute."
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On all of the comebacks in the series...
TR: "I wish I could answer that and tell you this is how it is. I don't know if one team gets down and they push harder and the other team doesn't respond to it. I don't know. Pittsburgh's a great team. I like the way we responded being down to a great team. It's tough for me to answer that. The emotion is still fresh of the game. I know you're looking for an answer and I wish I could give you one and say it's exactly, 'this, this and this,' but that's a tough one."
On what lies ahead...
TR: "It's a best-of-three. We're guaranteed another home game here in Game 6. I think that's great for our fans and our organization. But for right now, our focus is on Saturday. We're going to go in and we'll enjoy this win tonight, but when we get up tomorrow, we have to start focusing on Saturday. It's not going to be easy. I've said it before; this is a team [Pittsburgh] that has won. They know what it takes to win. They've played a lot of two-two series before. For a lot of our guys, it's going to be a new experience. They're going to come out and they're going to play. We have to be ready for the first period because I'm expecting them to come out with the same energy, the way they played in game two and we have to be ready for that."
Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen
On the play behind the net on the game-tying goal…
RJ: “I had no idea (Dubinsky) was there. Jack (Johnson) made a good play getting it behind the net there, giving us a chance to get the puck low. Fleury came out of his net, it bounced over his stick and came right to my stick, and I was just hoping someone would be driving the net in front because, obviously, he was out of position, and Dubi made no mistake.”
On coming back from the early 3-0 deficit…
RJ: “I think it was big, especially because we got one at the end of the period…coming into the room that gave us some momentum there, believing in each other that we can get the job done. I can’t say enough about the team in here, the resilience showed and we just kept plugging away, shift after shift, and found a way to get it done. I’m just proud of the guys.”
On his goal in the 2nd period on the power play…
RJ: “Arty actually tipped it right to my stick, and I just had to tap it in. Obviously a big goal for our hockey club coming just one shy of tying it up, and found a way to tie it up, take it to overtime, and get the job done.”
Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky
On his game-tying goal with 24 seconds remaining in regulation…
BD: “We just dumped it in and went to work — it was a Columbus goal. We went in and fore-checked them hard, and (Johansen) throws it out in front to me…a couple of guys dove, it was a seeing-eye shot, and it went through two guys and went in the net. Obviously we were excited, but I’m proud of the way the guys settled down after we scored to tie it, because it’s not the regular season, there’s no one point in this situation. We had to reset and get ourselves prepared for overtime, and I’m happy with the way that we did that. We kept the pressure on and kept firing.”
On the fans sticking with the team down 3-0…
BD: “First and foremost we were down 3-0 and (the fans) stuck right with us…it gives us a lot of life, gives us a lot of energy. We could feel it on the bench that, ‘we’re not out of this thing, we’ve got 50 minutes of hockey left,’…they stuck with us, and we respond for them, and we’re happy for them and obviously happy for us.”
On the feeling of scoring the game-tying goal in the 3rd period…
BD: “It felt pretty good obviously, you could see it with my reaction. It was a big goal, obviously, and an important one. What I liked the best about it is the guys that stepped over after I scored the goal, they went in and did a job for 22 seconds. We were able to come in here, re-focus, and go out there and keep attacking, and keep our foot on the gas. Again, that’s what I liked best about it and that’s what I love about this team.”
Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno
On coming back from 3-0 with a tenacious crowd behind the team…
NF: “Just to find that answer, I think that says a lot about the character in this room. I gotta say a lot about the fans tonight, they were standing when we were down 3-0, they stuck with it, cheered us on, and I think it gave us a little momentum in the game.”
On calling the game-winning goal during the OT intermission…
NF: “I didn’t actually think it would work, but it ended up working. I can thank my lucky stars tonight that it ended up working, but I’m just happy to get that win for the guys.”