I saved this Terry Murray quote from yesterday, because I thought it was deserving of attention on its own. Murray starts off talking about specific things the Kings need to do, then goes general and talks about a mentality, a mentality — it seems — of playing without a superstar. Although it sort of sounds like Murray would like one…
Here’s the whole quote. What do you make of it?
MURRAY: “We have to take a big lesson out of this game, a huge lesson. The two points, absolutely, we’re excited and ecstatic about getting the two points, but when we start off playing well, when we’re on the bench and on the ice and we’re doing things the right way and we’re generating the offensive-zone play the way we were, and the shot mentality — the first goal, as an example, is what we want to do — and then we get to the point where, OK, we’re breaking away, and one extra play, one more pass instead of shooting, we have to have somebody — not just the coaches — it has to be a player on a line, it has to be a defense partner, somebody has to recognize that, and immediately it has to be recognized, on the bench, on the ice. We’ve got to get back to the fundamentals, to the game plan, staying on the same page. We’re not an elite team in the league, to break away and have individuals think that they can do it by themselves.
“I watched a game recently with Pittsburgh and Calgary. Crosby, unbelievable play, breaking through two defensemen, holding on and making the difference in the game. I’d like to think that we can get a guy like that some day. Maybe Kopi can break through and be that player some day. But right now, we don’t have it. So we need to attack as five and we need to defend as five. Any time we stray from that, it becomes a concern.”