Reaction to last night’s second-period booing — and Terry Murray’s “disappointment” in fans for expressing their displeasure — continued today. After practice, Murray softened his stance a bit, calling himself a “very frustrated coach” who knows that “it’s never the right thing to throw stuff at your fans.” Murray’s full reaction is below, but first, Drew Doughty talked about his reaction to the booing
DOUGHTY: “Booing us kind of pisses me off as a player, because every night we’re out there playing our hardest, obviously for the team but, at the same time, for them. For them to boo us off the ice, or whatever the case is, like I said we’re not just playing for us, we’re playing for them. We’re going to battle for them, and for them to boo us shows a lack of respect from them, but it’s a part of the game. Fans boo their teams all the time, so it’s nothing we can be really upset at.”
And Murray’s thoughts…
MURRAY: “I was very upset about how things went last night, with the way we played, right from the start of the game. The turnovers, being outbattled along the boards, dot to boards, giving up the great scoring chances we did. Our power play, right at the start we have an opportunity do something and we don’t. We turn the puck over, we got offside on it right at the start. There’s just a lot of things that were frustrating. And obviously the fact that we had six shots at the end of the second period was glaring at me the whole game. Then to give up that late goal, it was a reaction by a very frustrated coach. It’s just disappointing. That’s the last thing you want to hear, going into the dressing room. You’re trying to find a way to start a fire there, to get a good 20 minutes of hockey, and that’s what you go into the room with. You’re remembering that, probably as much as anything that has happened in the game. So I was frustrated.
“Look, I’ve said this many times. We’ve got great fans here. I know that. They mean a lot to this hockey club. They’ve brought a lot of energy and a lot of emotions to our games and helped us through a lot of difficult times. The atmosphere in our building, from the middle of the year last year, right through the playoffs, has been incredible because of the fans. I overreacted, probably. You don’t want to drag them into the reason why, but I did. There’s nothing I can do about it now. It’s never the right thing to throw stuff at your fans. I know that. It was a night to forget.”