‘He said it, but we’re all thinking it,’ Blue Jackets’ Foligno says of Tortorella ‘s Game 7 promise

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — After a disappointing Game 5 in Boston Saturday night with a 4-3 loss to the Bruins, the Blue Jackets are bold in their approach to Game 6, and their committment to making it to Game 7 in the 3-2 series.

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella promised the team will play in Game 7 after the loss Saturday to the Bruins. Monday, CBJ returns home to Nationwide Arena to face the Bruins in a win-or-die bid to stay in the second round series of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

NBC4 Sports Director Jerod Smalley asked Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno if Tortorella’s comment does anything for the team as they get ready for Monday night’s game. 

“Your coach putting all his chips in his hand–I believe in this group. You wouldn’t have it any other way,” Nick Foligno said. “He said it but we’re all thinking it. We’re obviously looking forward to this game right now where we We’re just focused on what we need to do in the first 10 minutes of this game to make sure we give ourselves a good chance, and that’s to get to our game, to get on our toes, and I think you saw at the end of last game, we were on our toes, we were doing the things you need to do to win hockey games.”

Smalley asked center Matt Duchene the same question.

“Is there anyway else to feel? ‘We believe in this group and it’s a great team in here and a great team over there,” Duchene said. “I think whatever we did in the third period last game is the way we have to play–that’s the way we played the Tampa Bay series, obviously yielded good results for us. I thought we were aggressive, but still smart.”

The Blue Jackets face off against the Bruins Monday at 7 p.m. at Nationwide Arena. 

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