Terry Murray’s postgame thoughts…

(on the overtime goal…)
MURRAY: “We were just too casual, on the whole play. Right from the breakout, through the middle of the ice. We tried a backhand hand and it doesn’t connect. We’re too casual, then, at our own blue line. When we have an opportunity, just keep it going back the other way, or make a real strong play. You know you’re going to get a 2-on-1 in the situation (otherwise). It’s an opportunity to jump on a loose puck. It was casual, and I thought our second period was casual. You get two shots on net, and the second shot in that period comes at the end of the period, on a shot from the blue line. That’s where our best players have to step up. These games are everything for us. This was an opportunity here tonight that slipped away on us.”

(on facing the depleted Penguins…)
MURRAY: “They’re missing their top guys. Everybody goes through injuries and everybody is going to have some players out of the lineup, but when you have both of the top guys out, in the same game, that’s a time to really play hard and do the right thing for the 60 minutes. The start was fine. At times in the third period. But you’ve got to play 60 minutes in the game. It doesn’t matter, the fact that they might have some players called up and getting into a game for the first time this season. They’re going to come with a lot of energy and a lot of emotion, and dig in and battle. And they out-battled in situations.”

(on the inconsistency during the game…)
MURRAY: “That’s intensity of the shift. You have to maintain that through the 60 minutes, to be a team that’s going to be a good team in the league. There’s games that we do it, and other games where we let it slip back, like tonight, in that second period in particular. We’ve got to figure that out real soon, because you get into the meaningful part of the season, and you just can’t afford to be casual.”

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