Quotables: Game 5
Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards
On the second period surge from Pittsburgh...
TR: "I thought the first period was probably our best period. I thought they took it to another level in the second. They started winning battles and we spent too much time in our own zone. We didn't have much of a fore-check. It put a lot of pressure on our defense and on our goaltender."
On the Jackets' limited offensive opportunities...
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TR: "When we had opportunities to dump it, they weren't great dumps, didn't have the speed we needed to get in on the fore-check. They executed coming out of their own zone and at times we were sloppy with the puck, which led to turnovers and spending more time in our own zone. It was battles. The coach challenged them and they responded. Now we have to do the same thing on Monday."
On whether or not Pittsburgh's 51 shots on goal were misleading...
TR: "To me, it felt like 51 shots. They were going to the net hard. Obviously, it was something they talked about to make it hard on Bobrovsky. There were some bumps here and there. It was how they wanted to play the game; pucks to the net. We spent too much time in our zone. If you spend too much time in your own zone, you're going to give up lots of opportunities and shots."
TR: "He was great. On their first goal, he makes a great save and he just loses track of the puck, so he ends up turning his body which opened up the hole because he thought it was behind him. He was great. It was one of those performances where you come into an opposing rink, that's a game that your goaltender can steal for you. We just weren't able to do enough in the offensive zone. "
Blue Jackets center Mark Letestu
ML: "We didn't give Bob enough support tonight, he made a lot of big saves at big times. They just made one more ugly goal than us. I don't think we wore down because of the puck possession. They took 50 shots tonight and eventually one found the back of the net.
On in-game adjustments/match-ups...
ML: "That's something to ask coach. I get a tap on the shoulder and I go play. I don't worry about match-ups.
On getting out-shot by a wide margin...
ML: "I think they were pretty good on their puck control tonight. Whether it was the D working together or working as a five-man unit to break pucks out, we just couldn't sustain any forechecks and turn pucks over, or really have those long offensive zone shifts to grind them down. Credit to them, they stepped it up tonight. We were a step behind tonight. We had to be better and we weren't tonight."
On gaining a boost back on home ice...
ML: "I mean, if they're going to push, what are we going to do? It's back in our building and our backs are against the wall. When there is adversity, this is the best that this team has played all year. I expect this first elimination game for everybody to play with their hair on fire."