Switching up lines in the third period is nothing new, but it was interesting that in the third period Saturday, the Kings shifted all three left wingers on the top lines. Alexander Frolov moved from the first line to the third line, Teddy Purcell moved from the second line to the first line and Brad Richardson moved from the third line to the second line.
The wingers were back in their traditional spots in Sunday’s practice, and afterward, Murray explained why he made the third-period changes.
MURRAY: “Just trying to be better. I felt that a lot of the game that was happening for Dallas was because of us, our puck management, our low coverage was very loose and not as focused as what it needs to be in a game like that. So I’m trying to bring some attention to that, talking about it between periods and then making the change. You’re hoping that something good can start to happen. I liked the way we started to play in the third period, but as you see, I went back to the same lines in the practice here today. I’m not mad at anybody. It’s just a matter of trying to get some attention to details.”