April 2, 2011 5:07 pm

Murray postgame quotes

Terry Murray’s postgame thoughts…

(on Greene’s game-winning goal…)
MURRAY: “How about that? He gave us a couple last year and we got used to it. We want more. He can shoot the puck. Give him some time, he will get the puck to the net. He’s got a heavy shot. A lot of work went into that. When you look at both the first and the second goals, there was a lot of good work by the forwards, recovering pucks, holding onto it, good composure, moving our feet to just create a passing line and find the top. Then you get it to the net. Good things can happen.”

(on the importance of the game…)
MURRAY: “This was a very, very big game for both of us, certainly for Dallas. They’re staying alive, trying to stay alive. You knew that they were going to give their very best. You could see the way they used their best players, a lot of minutes. They put them out in different combinations, coming back with them every second shift. This was an important game. Like the month of March, every game that we’ve been involved in, it’s been a playoff-like attitude, compete. It was a great win by the group of guys in that locker room today.”

(on the Kings’ defense…)
MURRAY: “The D were very good here tonight. I really liked the way that the group played. Jack Johnson, moving over to the right side, I thought he made that adjustment seamlessly. He was real good here today. He and Mitchell paired up, and Doughty and Scuderi were the four guys that matched up against their top guys, and they really did an incredible, good job to take away time and space.”

(on whether Ribeiro should have been penalized for his third-period hit…)
MURRAY: “No, there was no explanation (from the officials). Did I think (there should have been a penalty)? No, I wasn’t thinking that. I was just thinking, `Let’s be strong here, at the end of the game, and shut this thing down and get the win.’ I think it’s a hockey play. There’s such intensity at that time. The goalie is out. Everybody wants to score the goal and we want to defend, so it’s just a lot of compete, and you love that kind of an attitude.”

(on holding a narrow lead…)
MURRAY: “Well I think it’s very important. You’re trying to prepare for the playoffs and make sure you’re able to shut one-goal games down. I know there’ve been quite a few games this year where we score a goal and give up a goal a couple minutes later and it’s a very unsettling kind of a feeling to do what we’re doing here today against a team that’s pushing everything they’ve possibly got to get one back. It’s good.  It’s good confidence for the team that everybody did the right thing on the structure, we did good things on the faceoff, we all knew our assignments and were able to score the empty-net goal.”

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