Here’s what Terry Murray said this morning about Jonathan Quick…
Question: What was the message to Quick this morning?
MURRAY: “One save he made there on Kozlov, in the first period on that lateral move, that’s playing. So it’s there. I’m not going to get into any of the technical aspects of goaltending right now. When I see the third goal going in, that is a pretty routine stop. I’ve seen that goal three or four times this year, that exact same goal. That is concentration, in my view. So that’s what he has to get back to. He has to get focused.
“You have to get yourself ready emotionally and your concentration level up where it needs to be in order to be an important player in the game. And that applies to Quicker, but that pretty well covers everyone on our team, when I look at last night. That’s a higher level of concentration and playing to win, and when you do that, and you’re really zoned in, you do the right stuff.”
I pointed out to Murray that this wasn’t the first time this season I had heard him use some words to describe Quick’s performances.
MURRAY: “And you will hear it again. I know that. It’s young players. When they reach their standard of play, as far as a good player is concerned, then you probably move away from that comment. But that’s who the good ones are, at every position. The good players, in any sport, are tremendously focused. They concentrate, they prepare themselves to play the game that they’re in right now, every shift. I’m going to keep pushing that word with a young group of guys as often as I can, because I think that is the difference.”