Columbus postgame quotes

Coach Ken Hitchcock

(on the game…)
“I’m surprised at the way we played for the last 40 minutes. I was surprised by the way we didn’t respond. (L.A.) didn’t play very well at the start, but they scored on their second or third shot (on goal). I don’t think it was L.A. They picked it up on the checking side, but we got discouraged and lost our intensity.”

(On the beginning of the game…)
“The first 12 minutes was the best we’ve played in a long time. Everybody was going and we were doing the things we needed to do. We didn’t stay with it.”

Marc Methot

(on the game…)
“You know, once they [the Kings] pushed, they got a goal. They got a couple breaks and it seemed like we just kind of gave up and lost all of our steam and, you know, I think that was really obvious in the way we played in the second and third periods.”

(on the loss…)
“I think, like I said, our intensity went way down after that first goal they scored and it really showed in our body language on the bench and how we were playing on the ice and, you know, we can’t have that, especially at this time in the season.”

R.J. Umberger

(on the game…)
“I don’t know if we think too much. We wanted to keep doing what we were doing, but you know, we give them credit, too. They turned their game, they pushed us, they responded and when they scored they got a lot of momentum and light from it, so it’s our job to bounce back and grab the momentum again. So we didn’t do that and now we lose another game.”

(on the start of the game…)
“You know, they hung in there the first 10 minutes and just absorbed our push. Then they got a goal and they pushed us and got the momentum and we just let them do it. We didn’t respond. We need to grab the game after that.”

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