Murray postgame quotes

Here are Terry Murray’s postgame thoughts, starting with the question about whether the Kings are exceeding Murray’s expectations so far this season…

MURRAY: “It could be, a bit. We’re coming together a little bit faster than maybe what I anticipated. I really didn’t have a benchmark, as far as the number of games, but I expected us to play good and to be involved and compete in every game, and have the opportunity to win every game. We want to keep the standard high. The bar has been raised, and we want to make sure that we’re giving ourselves that chance every night. But yeah, to answer your question directly, we’re exceeding a little bit, but not by five or six games. I expected us to be in pretty good shape at this time.”

(on the game…)
MURRAY: “That was a hard game out there. It wasn’t a hard physical game, but it was more track-meet like. Lots of energy.”

(on winning on back-to-back nights…)
MURRAY: “Great back-to-back wins. Two points. That’s always the most important thing, is getting two points. At the end of the day, when you’re sitting there at the end of the regular season, you’re not looking back, always, at how pretty some situations were. But two points, in a real tough stretch of games for us. There have been five conference games here that have been very demanding, against premier teams, and then the other nonconference, against Ottawa, was still another demanding game. The guys dug in. It wasn’t always the prettiest out there tonight, but we found a way to get it done.”

(on selecting players for the shootout…)
MURRAY: “We have a group of guys that we call on, not in any particular order, but there’s not going to be any surprises if your name is called out of that group. That’s something that we put together this year. We kind of go in that direction. It’s tough to know, sometimes, who should be the next guy, because we have not been scoring a lot of goals recently. We haven’t had a lot of practice to continually go at that part of the game. But it worked out here tonight.”

(on winning games within the division…)
MURRAY: “We’re getting better. If you’re going to win in the National Hockey League, you’ve got to start to believe in yourself. You’ve got to have the right attitude, and you’ve got to be able to win close games, one-goal games. That, in itself, tells me that this team is starting to come together, starting to believe in each other, growing, and we’re heading in the right direction.”

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