Murray postgame quotes

Terry Murray’s postgame thoughts…

(on whether he was more impressed with the Kings’ offense or defense…)
MURRAY: “The defensive part of the game. That’s a good thing. You have to do that. When you get into these kinds of games, the remaining part of the season, it’s always about the checking and defensive structure that you show. Holding teams to a fewer number of shots is always the read that I make on our hockey club.”

(on Frolov’s game…)
MURRAY: “He played an outstanding game. He gave us a big effort in all areas of the game. His strength, obviously, what was see every game, is down below the dots in the offensive zone. His cycle, his holding onto the puck in one-on-one situations, he was showing his complete game tonight. Lots of speed. I like to see that. That’s one of the reasons, one of the thoughts, I had for putting him on the right-wing side, that we might get more out of that part of the game from him. I liked his effort. … His work through the practices (coming out of the Olympic break), he was pushing hard, showing a lot of speed and quickness and puck-possession plays. It’s nice to see.”

(on whether Frolov is playing like he’s trying to prove something…)
MURRAY: “This is a big, big time, a big measuring-stick time for all players, all teams. When you get into where we are in the standings, and trying to keep pushing up and trying to develop that playoff attitude as we go forward, this is a huge time. This is where we get the right read off people, who is going to compete, who is going to get the job done. This is his contract year. We all know that, and I’m really pushing him. I hope he keeps playing the kind of game he showed here tonight. It will be a positive result for him.”

(on the negatives of a lopsided game…)
MURRAY: “When you get into these kind of games, between periods, you’re talking to your team about maintaining focus, structure, good habits, doing the right things, all of the cliches that you want to keep pushing, to maintain that attitude going forward from this game. We know who the next opponent is. It’s going to be a real difficult game. It’s one of the best teams in the league and we’re going to have to make sure we’re doing all the right things.”

(on what improved on the power play tonight…)
MURRAY: “More of a shot mentality. Net presence was pretty consistent and we scored. Obviously the end result is always what you’re looking for. I really felt that the full length of the ice, the breakouts, the passing of the puck was crisp. The ice got a little heavy there at the end of the first period, and I thought we should have read that and got more pucks to the net when we were still looking to pass it. But we got back at in the second and the third.”

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