Comeback Kings

In two consecutive games — first on the road, then against the defending Stanley Cup champions — the Kings rallied from a second-intermission deficit to win, and to win by multiple goals. That’s notable if only because — and I’m going off memory but I believe this is correct — the Kings were previously 0-4 this season when trailing after two periods. When you talk about becoming a hockey team that plays with confidence and wins consistently, that’s a big stat. Here’s what Terry Murray said on the subject…

MURRAY: “There’s a maturity level. There’s a real understanding that, if you stay with it, good things can happen for you. The other part of it, that we do talk about, is that you just have to go out and play good in those situations. Play consistently good. If you try to play too cute, too fancy, inevitably it’s going to come back and something bad could happen. So those decisions that we’re making, as a group right now, in those kind of situations, is yes, a sign of maturity, that by doing things with a simple attitude and getting it deep, knowing that we’re a pretty good cycle team now, it will pay off for us.”

Murray also shared his thoughts after watching the third period on video after the game…

MURRAY: “The third period was, again, the highlight of the effort. Any time you get results for your work, you kind of trend toward that period and say it was good execution and they really dug in to get the job done. It was a good comeback. There was a little bit of an instinct there that I kind of liked too, with not letting up after we got a lead. We stayed after it, and that was a nice thing to see.”

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