By Matt McCoy
The Blue Jackets head to Pittsburgh Friday in preparation for Saturday's game five against the Penguins. Coach Todd Richards visited with 610 WTVN Morning Show host Joel Riley Friday, discussing what has been an exciting series to this point.
To listen to Joel's interview with Coach Richards click here:
Here are a few highlights from the interview.
On the play of Sergei Bobrovsky: "Bob's been fine. I think everyone can improve and everyone can play better but these games are pretty intense. What Pittsburgh is doing really well is they know that they have to get to Bob. They know that Bob is a great goal tender and they have to make it difficult on him. They're doing a good job of putting guys right to the front of the net and making it difficult for Bob to see and locate pucks. Sometimes it's even traffic that is not necessarily standing right in front of him but it might be somebody skating through his vision..because if they come through at the right time and he doesn't see the release of the puck or the direction that it's going, you lose it and then it becomes trouble."
On Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury misplaying the puck Wednesday, leading to the tying goal by Brandon Dubinsky: "The way it ended up, it ended up in the net so everyone is going to look at it and cast blame. It was unfortunate for him because the puck took a bounce. You watch it in slow motion and it looks like it's coming flat and just as it gets to him it bounces over his stick. If he stops it, who know?...but everyone is quick to cast judgement because the puck ends up in the net...hindsight's always 20-20."
On Pens star Sidney Crosby still being goalless after four games: "He's been a factor. As coaches and how we look at the game is different than the media does or the fans look at it. He just hasn't been able to finish. You watch the scoring chances that they're getting, he's a guy that's creating and getting opportunities as well so I wouldn't use the term 'shutting him down' or 'holding him back'...He's still a factor and he's still a very dangerous player for them."
On the atmosphere in Nationwide Arena Wednesday: "As a coach sitting on the bench, there are times where you sit back and take it all in. It's fun to go back and watch the game and see how the fans are reacting to different situations and different plays out on the ice. That's what you want. That's what we need."