Quote: Blue Jackets Outlast the Carolina Hurricanes

By Andy Anders on November 29, 2017 at 12:08 am
Joonas Korpisalo
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After a solid outing from backup goaltender Joonas Korpisalo, the Columbus Blue Jackets fought to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Here's the reaction from inside the locker room following the win.

John Tortorella

On the game: "I thought we played well. We limited their chances the first two periods. Third period we gave up a 3-on-2 I don't think we give them much, but no, I liked the way we played."

On Joonas Korpisalo's performance: "I'm thrilled for [Korpisalo]. I'm just so happy for him. To get a win as I guess your second goalie, and where he's been going back-and-forth to Cleveland to stay sharp, I'm thrilled for him.

"He has some games where he doesn't really play that well, it doesn't affect him. He just lets it slide off and then gets ready to play."

On Cam Atkinson: "He can skate, he understands it. I still don't think his game is totally there, has six shots tonight, I thought was better. Cam, make no bones about it, I trust him."

On Pierre-Luc Dubois: "I go back to [Blue Jackets GM] Jarmo [Kekalainen]. He tells me, he does this, he does that, he does this, and early on I said 'I don't see it. I haven't seen him like you have.'

"You can see he's getting more and more confident. He's 19, he's still going to get stronger, he's still gonna learn how to protect pucks better, I think he's improved in that area. It makes it really interesting having him in the middle of the ice doing the things he's doing right now."

On Alexander Wennberg: "I thought [Wennberg], for the amount of time he's been off, played very well."

On the team's overtime success: "You just play. I don't coach the 3-on-3."

Zach Werenski

On starting better: "We talked about it before the game, that we had to play like the last 40 minutes [against the Montreal Canadiens] last night."

On keeping the legs moving throughout the game: "We talked about playing with energy tonight, and a lot of guys did that."

On his goal: "I just got off the bench on a line change, and I know [Alexander Wennberg] has great vision, he's gonna find me. Just tried to get into open ice, he put it right on my tape, and right when I looked up I saw that short side open so I put it there." 

Josh Anderson

On the importance of a good start: "We talked about it before the game, we've gotta step up here, and rebound after last night in Montreal."

On improved checking and reloads: "You saw our [defense] do a good job in the neutral zone there, not doing too much [passing to other defenders] but getting it up to our forwards as much as they can so we had the chance to put pressure on their 'D' and put pucks in the net."

On the frightening hit he took along the boards: "It was a scary moment, had a lot of speed going into the boards there. But I protected myself pretty well and luckily I was alright."

Joonas Korpisalo

On playing behind Sergei Bobrovsky: "I learn from him every day, just watching him. His work ethic is something I've never seen before."

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