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October 4, 2011 5:35 pm

Murray postgame quotes

Terry Murray’s postgame thoughts…

(on the game…)

MURRAY: “I expected a game that was going to be pretty good energy from the Freezers. I thought, after the first five minutes of the first period, they started to show a lot of confidence with the puck, making plays. Their skill players did some very good things with speed, with moving the puck. They had some great scoring chances. There were plays that were made off the boards, in our D zone, that are uncharacteristic for us. We’re usually closing and eliminating people, but we seemed to be backing off. Whether that was the Olympic-sized sheet of ice, I’m not sure, but they made a lot of good plays, the Freezers. They found weak-side post, they found D coming down back door. It was a pretty impressive effort by them. They have some good skill and are a very well-coached team. They attack five guys all the time, and I liked a lot of the things they were trying to do.’’

(on the game atmosphere…)

MURRAY: “Tremendous atmosphere. The fans introducing the starting lineup, I think it’s…why can’t we do that? That’s pretty neat. Then the young guy bringing the game puck out, that’s a great idea. I’ve never seen that before, in all the years I’ve been around the game. The fans are tremendous here. I saw it in the (DEL) game that I was at yesterday, the excitement, the energy. They’re totally committed to the team. I have experienced that atmosphere before, and this just confirms again that hockey is a very popular sport and a thriving sport here in Germany.’’

(on being satisfied with the Kings’ effort…)
MURRAY: “Satisfied is a hard word for a coach. You’re never satisfied. You want more. You want better. It’s the final game of the exhibition (schedule) for us. We finished off with five (games) in seven days before coming over to Europe here. So it’s been demanding, and that’s fine. Because usually if you push through the demanding side of it, you’re going to come through and be ready to go, and that’s what I’m hoping for right now. We’ve got a couple of days of practice before the first game. So I’m not satisfied. There’s lots of things that we need to improve on, keep practicing. That seems to be the norm for NHL teams. You’re always going back and correcting things at some time during the year.’’

(on the power play…)
MURRAY: “Power play has to be better for us. That’s something that we’ve addressed over the offseason, just in many meetings. The power play can win you a hockey game. Tonight, it was an opportunity to create some separation in the score, and we didn’t get the job done. Like we talked about last year, we want to make that extra little play, or that cute play through the seam, from the half-board, and the top of the box is wide open. We’d like to become more of a shooting power play, with Doughty, with Jack Johnson, with Kopitar. Those three guys, in particular, up top in the umbrella, we really think we can get pucks to the net with traffic. It was there tonight. We just didn’t use it.’’

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