Terry Murray’s postgame thoughts…

(on Quick’s game…)
MURRAY: “He was good. They’re that type of team that, they put a lot of pucks to the net, a lot of traffic. They’re big. They’re strong on their sticks, and as you saw several times, they’re jamming away, trying to bulldoze the puck into the net. That’s where we’ve talked in the past with Quick, that he’s a thick guy himself and he can hold his own at the top of the crease. That’s the kind of goaltending that you have to have against probably the best team, right now, in the NHL. They’re playing tremendous.”


(on Scuderi’s game…)
MURRAY: “At the end, he was big. He’s got such great range. He skates and his stick is tremendous, to recapture pucks, to poke pucks, and he’s smart. He made good plays out there when they had the goalie out, just making sure that it was cleared with strong plays.”

(on the power-play goal…)
MURRAY: “That was as good as it gets, I think, on the power play, as far as a shot mentality. We want to try to build on that one, for sure. But it does give you good momentum. There’s no question. You get momentum for yourself, and you get some of their key players on the ice for that pretty extended penalty kill, and that takes a toll over the long haul too.”

(on faceoff success…)
MURRAY: “There was a difference. Our faceoffs have been real good, or they’ve dropped off to be in the 40s, 40-percent range. But tonight it was good. As a result of that, you’re starting with the puck in more situations and it’s good for the confidence of your team.”

(on holding the lead in the third period…)
MURRAY: “I thought we just kept doing the right thing. Our focus was good, our concentration was good, on doing things right, right through that last 20 minutes. Hard plays, heavy plays. We were skating, moving the puck and making plays, which I thought we were not doing in the early part of the game. We were more standing still, trying to create something, and it just doesn’t work that way. When you get pucks in deep and you get in on the forecheck, then you’re doing a good job protecting the lead. You’re not pulling back. So that’s a great attitude.”

(on things he wasn’t pleased with…)
MURRAY: “Well, I need more from some guys. When you play a heavy team like this, one of the premier teams in the game, you’ve got to have everyone in the lineup giving what they can. I thought we were kind of in and out on that part of it. Some guys were good for the 60 minutes. Other guys were just kind of chasing the game a little bit. You’ve got to make a decision as a player, when you’re playing against a premier team, that you’re all in and you’re going to do whatever it takes. You’re going to pay a price. You’re going to take hits, you’re going to finish and you’re going to play real hard and real heavy. Some guys did a great job of that tonight.”

(on Moller’s game…)
MURRAY: “I thought he played good. He skated well, he carried the puck, he was in on the forecheck. He gave us some good minutes here tonight, for a guy just getting in here last night at 11:30, 12 o’clock, and fitting in against one of the premier teams in the game. I thought he was an effective player for us.”

(on Parse’s goal…)
MURRAY: “That’s a pretty special skill play. The confidence, the poise, to hold the puck and taking it to the net like that, it’s pretty courageous. On the other side, that penalty he took late in the game is something we’ll have to talk about later.”

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