Murray postgame quotes

Terry Murray’s postgame thoughts…

(on losing to another team behind the Kings in the standings…)
MURRAY: “It doesn’t really matter where they are in the standings. I think the conference is so close, so tight, that anybody beats anybody on any given night. But I did not like the way we started our game here tonight. The first goal of the game is just a simple play that you’ve got to execute 100 percent of the time. Then we get a couple power-play opportunities and we’re not into it enough to generate the chances, or to maybe get a goal. That’s my concern.”

(on pulling Quick…)
MURRAY: “We just needed something different. I would have liked to have seen him maybe have a couple stops. I haven’t seen the replay of the goals, but there were maybe a couple there that maybe I would like to have him try over again. But we needed something different, whether it was a goaltender change, line changes, combinations on the back end, we were searching.”

(on whether there was a “hangover” from the Detroit game…)
MURRAY: “Could be. I don’t know. That’s a tough thing to evaluate sometimes. We certainly addressed it yesterday. We addressed it today in the pregame talk, the importance of moving on and forgetting about the game. Take a lesson away from the Detroit game. But I don’t know. You almost need to take that to the players themselves and ask that question.”

(on this stretch of games…)
MURRAY: “We’re coming back with a great homestand, the most critical point of the season, with seven home games. We go out on the road and play so many games to get to this point. We’re a very good hockey club. We’ve won a lot of big games, critical games, come-from-behind games on the road, and that’s the kind of effort that we have to bring home to play, right now. We didn’t respond in the first period.”

(on Jones’ game…)
MURRAY: “He got exposed. The goal in the second period, that is not a pinch situation. He was hoping that he was going to keep the puck in. He gambles. He got down below the hash mark. We still should have been able to defend that play, but he should not commit to that kind of aggressive attitude.”

(on facing San Jose on Monday…)
MURRAY: “We have to be fully focused against San Jose, or they will come in and dominate a game. We certainly know that they’re one of the premier teams in the game, and we’ve responded to the challenge pretty well this year. We need to get ourselves prepared tomorrow for the next game.”

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