Terry Murray’s postgame thoughts…

(on what was said on the bench after Ottawa tied the game 3-3…)
MURRAY: “I can’t repeat all of that. It’s two points, and that’s what it’s all about. You’ve got to find a way to get it done some nights. When it gets to be 3-3, you’ve got to keep playing, and play the right way. It wasn’t pretty, let me put it that way. It wasn’t real pretty. There were a lot of things we were doing that were out of character with what I’ve seen in the last half-dozen games. The puck management really brought a lot of problems back to our own end. But at the end of the day, it’s a win, and that’s obviously the most important part of it.”

(on getting timely goals…)
MURRAY: “Scoring the first goal is nice. They were in good position defensively. It was just a real good heads-up play, and Jonesy again finds a way. But yeah, it’s good to find ways to score goals, when you need to find a way. A 3-3 game, we’re not thinking the right way, we’re not executing and managing the puck properly. It was just a matter of, `Hey, let’s settle down. Everything is OK, we just have to keep making some plays and keep attacking, getting pucks in behind.’ They lost their defenseman (Picard) early in the first period, so they were playing five guys, and some players who were not used to all those minutes were logging a lot, so we wanted to keep the pressure on the offensive zone.”

(on giving up the 3-1 lead…)
MURRAY: “The way it was going, I thought we were a little lucky to be in that situation as it was. There were some great opportunities that we gave up in the first period. Quick made a couple real good stops on slot plays. We just looked a little disorganized at times in the checking part of our game. When they did tie it up, it wasn’t something that just happened out of a good game. It was something that was building. So you’re kind of prepared for it. We were just continually talking about, `Let’s get back on track here, guys. Let’s keep making good decisions with the puck and playing solid defensively.’ Again, what you have to do is find a way to get the job done and win the game, and that’s what we did.”

(on not getting shots on the 5-on-3 power play…)
MURRAY: “A lot of shots at the net. Those at the the net were there. Not on the net. That’s part of the conversation on the bench during the power play. `Guys, we’ve got to hit the net. Shoot for the middle. Make the goaltender stop the puck on a 5-on-3,’ especially looking for those second, third, fourth opportunities. Everybody is turned, facing the goaltender. Their eyes are down. There’s lots of people just digging in for the puck, and you have to give yourself an opportunity.”

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