Fly on the Wall - Jan. 31, 2009
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick couldn’t believe his luck after watching a two-goal lead evaporate late in the third period. Things went from bad to worse for the 23-year-old netminder when Christopher Higgins netted the tying marker for the Habs at 18:07, followed swiftly by Saku Koivu’s game-winner just a minute and a half later.
“It was a scramble in front and the puck bounced behind me and it just wound up going in the net. It’s just one of those goals you want to have back, especially with the timing of it, but it went in and was the difference in the game. I mean, you’re up 3-2 with two minutes left and it ended up 4-3, right?”
Terry Murray doesn’t get it
While there may have been 21,273 people thrilled by Higgins’ heroic goal, L.A. head coach Terry Murray clearly wasn’t one of them. If it were up to him, the play would have ended up on a very different area of the score sheet.
“Well, the tying goal is a penalty. Higgins throws Doughty down and it’s a penalty. I don’t get it; I don’t understand that non-call. It’s a take-down and the game is tied so that’s pretty unfortunate. But I thought we played a pretty good game coming into a building that’s tough to play in against a desperate hockey club who had lost their last four.”
Terry Murray really doesn’t get it
Regarding the charging major handed to the Kings’ Denis Gauthier after a vicious hit on Josh Gorges, a sarcastic Murray wasn’t sure that the referees were actually watching both sides of the ice.
“I didn’t see it. I saw the replay, but I didn’t look at it as a dirty hit. Gauthier is coming up for a hit, kind of leading with his shoulder and Gorges is a little bit low on it, but I’ll have to watch it again. It probably looks like he left his feet on it, but I don’t know if there’s some momentum there. I look at the other side, with Komisarek coming at O’Sullivan and leading with his elbows and forearms and there’s no call there. I don’t know. The judgment is confusing.”
When asked if he thought there would be an impending meeting scheduled with NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell, the coach seem confused about who might be scheduled to attend.
“Who, Komisarek? He might after leading with – oh, did you mean Gauthier? Well I don’t see that as a review. It is what I just mentioned.”
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