Terry Murray didn’t really need to say that he had lost confidence in Erik Ersberg. It was fairly evident, back in October, when Murray said he had “erased” the goaltending plan he had penciled in at the start of the season, and it’s been evident in the massive workload that has been handed to Jonathan Quick in the first three months of the season.
But in his last three outings, Ersberg has looked solid, leading to the question of whether the goalie had regained some of the coach’s trust…
MURRAY: “I would agree that there was a little bit of a confidence issue there. I can justify it, in my opinion. I go back to the Ranger game. Giving up one shot and we lose the game in the third period. So I can go back through a few situations, but his game recently, and his practice habits… And let me be fair to him too. He had that bone bruise on his hand, through quite a bit of time in practice, and it was on his caching glove (hand) and it was bothersome. Every time the puck hit that spot, he had to take five or 10 seconds to relax and settle in again for the next play. He’s healthy, he’s been working very hard in practice recently, and I think you saw a pretty good result with his effort last night.”