The Kings have had a couple days to reflect positively on Game 2, but a poor showing in Game 3 will negate those good feelings, so Terry Murray did his best to look ahead, not behind, today. The San Jose Sharks figure to be ready, having had two full days to reflect on their admittedly uninspired effort — and the Kings’ strong effort — in Game 2. Can the Kings keep the momentum going?
MURRAY: “There was a pretty good effort in Game 2, and everybody knows. San Jose knows, they’re talking about the effort, and San Jose is also talking about their own game. No question that they’re going to be a much better and more revved-up team tomorrow than what they were. We just have to keep building on what we’re doing. I liked our game, on the checking part of it. That’s our foundation, and we have to just keep going from there.”
Later, Murray again did his best to look ahead when asked about the Kings’ level of execution in Game 2…
MURRAY: “Well, it depends who is watching the game. If you view it the next day, when the emotion is gone from the game and you’re viewing it from the coach’s eyes, there’s a lot of things we’ve got to be better at. I guess when you’re watching the game and it’s unfolding as it’s happening, as a fan, you can see a pretty good result and you’re saying, `Man, they played a solid game,’ but we need to be better. We’ve got to check better. We’ve got to make sure we don’t lose people in the offensive zone. We can’t let them get numbers above us, or we’re going to start chasing the game and they’re going to create those opportunities that they’ve been able to do all season long, because they are a great team. They start to get a little momentum on that side of it, and they can kick the door open pretty quickly. So you’ve got to pay attention to the detail.”