Murray postgame quotes

Postgame quotes from Terry Murray…

(on his game thoughts…)

MURRAY: “I’m not very happy about the game. Not happy. We need to check better and make better decisions with the puck. It’s a 1-0 game, last minute of play in the first period. We had the puck and we gave them the puck for a 2-on-1 to tie the game. Those kinds of decisions, those kinds of plays, cost you every time, and that’s why we’re losing three games in a row, because of plays like that.’’

(on what the players can take from the game…)

MURRAY: “Well, you have to take something. You have to learn from it, there’s no doubt about that. There’s still a young group of guys in there who have t learn from every game that they play. You just can’t keep trying to hit home runs when you’re playing your fifth game on the road and you’ve got a 1-0 lead. It doesn’t make any sense. Same thing when it’s a 1-1 game. We take a penalty – I still don’t know why – and now they score on the power play to open the game up. So we have to learn from it.’’

(on losing an early lead, and whether there are trends developing or just poor individual decisions…)

MURRAY: “A lot of the time, it’s individual decisions, and it puts other guys in a tough position. It’s not a lack of intensity, a lack of playing the system or playing with structure. We’re doing that. It’s just that brain cramp that surfaces too often, whether it’s the 5-on-5 play or our PK, which is not getting the job done the way we were used to last year, and that ends up costing us. It comes down to specific situations than overall team play.’’

(on whether he had to manage the minutes of the sick players…)

MURRAY: “Yeah, lots of them. We’ve probably got seven, eight guys out there that are really, really low on energy right now. It showed, as we had to play catch-up. The tank just empties out too quickly. You call on a few guys, and even though they’re healthy, they’re playing in too many situations that are very hard to get through.’’

(on how, as a coach, he balances having sick players with maintaining a high standard of play…)

MURRAY: “Well that’s where you check. That’s where you check. We talked at the start of the game about that’s where you just have to play smart, check, be on top of things, keep the play in front of you, don’t beat yourself. That’s the way we ended up doing it in this game tonight.’’

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