Terry Murray’s postgame thoughts…

(on the Ducks’ play, and the game…)

MURRAY: “They worked hard. I think, on our side of it, it showed that all the new players were in the lineup and we’re trying to get some of that team chemistry put together. We looked out of sorts for the first half of the game. The first period, wow, we were having a difficult time passing, receiving, getting organized. Just on some breakouts, we had a lot of turnovers, some icing calls. To me, that’s trying to figure things out there. That’s what I’m chalking it up toward, is just a lot of new players and trying to get the lines in place, trying to get some chemistry going. We’re going to work through this thing, that’s all. This was the first game of five in seven days, so we’ll have plenty of opportunities to go back at it.’’

(on Parse’s game…)

MURRAY: “Still not moving the way I would like to see him move. Some plays, just inside of his own zone, on breakouts, turning the puck over. He has a chance there, off an offensive-zone attack, and there’s not much happening on either side of the puck for him right now. The thing that I want to see is him getting back — I’m not looking for stats, as far as goals and assists right now. Yeah, I want to see it, but I want to see him get back to work. I want to see him skating. I want to see him doing all the other things that are going to allow me to play him on a line with Stoll, in particular, because that’s the line that I’m looking to match up against other teams’ top lines and be responsible. So that’s a big part of it for me, but on the other side of it, his plays and decisions with the puck are not real good.’’

(on the Kings’ power play…)

MURRAY: “Not bad. The result is not there, but not bad as far as the movement. We’re so much better on the movement side of things, off the puck and with the puck, to get some different looks than what we were at times last year. It’s going in the right direction. I think the possession time and the looks that we’re getting are good. We’ve got to hit the net, though. My goodness, we had some defensemen who were shooting the puck in pretty prime areas for defensemen, and we’re missing the net. The whole idea of shooting from the top end is hitting it, and maybe you’ll score but certainly you’re going to create second and third opportunities off that, give some guys the opportunity to recover those loose pucks and move their feet and create second and third opportunities. Going back to the other game, against Phoenix here at home, and tonight, we’re trying to be too fine, I think, and we’re simply not hitting the net at the critical time.’’

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