From a pure statistical standpoint, the opening game was a rough one for Jonathan Quick, who allowed six goals on 30 shots. There was plenty of debate – as there usually is for goalies – about how many goals were “bad goals.’’ That’s immensely subjective. For the record, I would put two goals in that category, but here’s what Terry Murray said today about Quick’s play: (typo below was too-fast typing and Microsoft Word error!)
MURRAY: “I thought Quick played well. Don’t misinterpret me. There were some goals that he wants to have back. There might be three of them, but when you look at them in isolation… That’s one of the reasons why I didn’t make a change. I was asked that question after the game. He was in the right position. He’s on top, he’s challenging, he’s doing all the right stuff. He looks comfortable. Pucks just got by him.
“I watched it again on the video, and that reinforced it. He’s fine. He just has to make those stops. I’m going to go with him again. I’m not going to throw away the training camp and the confidence that I have in him, in making that kind of decision right now. He’s the guy I’m going with.’’
Murray was asked, as a follow-up, if he has pleased with Quick’s demeanor after the game…
MURRAY: “That’s what I loved about him, right from the first time I saw him last year. It’s his ability to come back and say, `OK, it’s a goal. I’ve got to come back and make a big save on the next save.’ Or play a big game, the next, game, if it wasn’t the right way. He has showed that to me in his demeanor and his attitude, with his work ethic, with his body language. Everything is, `Let’s go, I’m going to play.’
“That’s why I look at him as a guy who, in the big picture, is going to become a solid guy for a long time in this league, because of that attitude and demeanor, and also because he’s a heavy body. He’s a big guy. When you start playing against the big forwards, like San Jose, he can hold his own in there.’’