In a cruel twist of timing, I have to report for jury duty this morning — if anyone knows anyone important in the Long Beach Courthouse, well… — so I’m going to toss a bunch of stuff up right now, and later today I’ll have time to catch up on today, to some extent.
First, here’s what Terry Murray said last night about his team’s ability to respond after blowing all of the 4-0 lead the Kings built in the second period. Teddy Purcell had suggested, minutes earlier, that the Kings might have “gone in our shell” last season in a similar situation…
MURRAY: “I think even at 4-3 we might have got that attitude last year. It’s a sign of maturity. Everybody continued to talk on the bench, about, `Let’s keep going after it and do the things that we’ve been doing so well in the game.’ Get the puck in and really stay strong with smart plays.
“The goal that was scored by Purcell, that’s a shot mentality right there. There aren’t a lot of guys that are even going to think about putting pucks to the net in that position. Not a lot of guys would score on that either. It seems to come to the guys who have that knack, and Purcell is a scorer. It’s good to see it go in.”