(More) Murray postgame quotes

(on his game thoughts…)
MURRAY: “When you’re away from the building for a couple weeks, on the road for six games, and you come back, it’s always that game you talk about. We have to make sure we’re arriving ready to do the right stuff, lots of intensity, get the legs going… You say all the cliches, and boy, we came out and played tremendous, right through the two periods. And then a little bit of doubt settles in, when there’s a couple soft goals, you start to pull back from the aggressive attitude that you showed in the first two periods. Clearly it effected us the rest of the way.”

(on Alexander Frolov’s play…)
MURRAY: “Fro was good. I thought he played good. He made a tremendous play on the goal to Simmonds, a great pass. I thought, overall, he was very strong on the puck. He tried to do something late in the game there, late in the third period, where he was just trying to take it over and get the winning goal. That’s the kind of game that we have to see all the time.”

(on Wayne Simmonds’ play as the first-line right wing…)
MURRAY: “Simmonds was great. I thought the line was outstanding with puck possession, the right attitude. Simmer, he actually surprised me with how well he fit in there. That, quite honestly and candidly, the suggestion came from Dean. I’m sitting there in my office this morning, kind of thinking about a lot of different situations I could come up with, as far as who could fit there for tonight. I’m not only thinking of one player. Now I’m thinking, maybe if I get into the second period, I might have to make this move, or move another player here in the third period.

“We started talking and Dean made a suggestion. `You know, Simmer has been playing great all year. Why not just take a look and see how it works?’ It was a very good night for the line. Great for Kopitar to score three goals. Simmer, I thought, fit in very well there.”

(on whether he thought about pulling Jonathan Quick…)
MURRAY: “No, not for a second. You’ve got to battle through it. This is a process. We’re a young hockey club, and there’s going to be some tough times out there, for the team and for the individuals. This is his game and he’s got to play it through until the end.”

(on whether Anze Kopitar would have scored the first goal last season…)
MURRAY: “No, he doesn’t. He ends up going around behind the net. That’s a hockey-player play. That’s a powerful play, and it takes a very courageous player to make that strong move. Boy, for a young guy to start playing like that and showing that kind of performance, that’s pretty exciting stuff.”

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