Kings def Sharks 2-0 – comments from the coaches

The Kings and Sharks are now tied in their six-game season series. San Jose picked up game one on home ice 4-2, just a few weeks ago. Tonight, LA won 2-0 at Staples Center.

When things were all done and the final buzzer had sounded, each coach held a post game presser…

Terry Murray on the overall game – “We had a good feel here tonight, there was good energy and emotion in the game and it got exciting at the end…there was a real good response to the game from Chicago the other night, we needed to come out fast, we needed to come out with energy and set the tone, and I thought we did. There was a good carryover into the second period. I thought Quick did a tremendous job…that should have been a nice extra boost of energy to start the third period.”

Murray on the two late second period penalty kills – “That was a critical moment there for sure, that’s the part of the game they wait on is the power play, they’re very good at it, they’ve got a group of guys that’s been together for 10 years and they know how to move the puck around, we have to be good in those situations, you kill the penalties the best you can with your forwards, when it comes down to it your goaltender has to be good against the power play, and he was.”

Murray on the disallowed goal – “That’s a call that in my opinion should have gone the other way, because it was called a goal on the ice by the official, and the explanation then to me was that it was inconclusive by the video replay judge as to whether it was kicked or a stick…but actually it is a goal by that explanation, it has to be conclusive that it is kicked. The video was inconclusive so it should have been a goal.”

Sharks coach Todd McLellan on the overall game – “I’m not going to pick the energy. We’re only going to pick work ethic, commitment, passion…I want to know where they [the Sharks] went between the second and third to find it [energy]. It’s really disappointing, probably more disappointing because we came out and played hard in the third. So it made it even tougher to swallow.”

McLellan on the power play – “It’s typical of these nights. When you don’t contribute early in the game and you wait for the power play to come, you’re usually not sharp enough to score. You’ll create a number of opportunities but you’re not going to get rewarded for it. The hockey Gods don’t work that way.”

Quotes from the Sharks locker room can be found here.

Quotes from the Kings locker room can be found here.

And for some more Kings vs Sharks talk, check out these three interviews that have appeared on MayorsManor previously – Rob Blake (link), Joe Thornton on replacing Blake as captain (link), Marty McSorley (link), Kelly Hrudey on then-Sharks GM Dean Lombardi recruiting him (link) and a podcast with Tony Granato (link).

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