Better aim needed
Handed a rare opportunity, with a 6-on-3 advantage and 46 seconds remaining in the third period Saturday, trailing 3-2, the Kings had to do one thing first: win a faceoff. They did. They had to do one more thing: get the puck on net. They didn’t, at least on their first two shots, as Jack Johnson sent two rocket slap shots wide of Ilya Bryzgalov. The Kings did a good job of controlling the puck, and eventually got two shots on goal, but couldn’t score.
MURRAY: “You want to hit the net. That’s the one thing that’s most important, especially when you’re shooting the puck from up top. You just want to get the traffic and hit the net. Now you’re looking for those other opportunities. To come away from an opportunity like that, in a critical point in the game, it’s disappointing. It’s a 6-on-3, and you have lots of time on the clock. Show composure and patience, move it around. You don’t even have to get pucks to the net that quickly. It doesn’t have to be a one-timer immediately like that. You can set it up and look for other situations. We have to grow from it. We have to learn from that situation and be better next time.”