September 9, 2010 12 Comments
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: In the third and final installment of this series, Los Angeles Kings head coach Terry Murray talks about his plans for the upcoming season, especially in terms of improving his team’s ability to score at even strength.
EL SEGUNDO, CA — Entering his third season as head coach of the Los Angeles Kings, Terry Murray has watched his team improve each year.
In his first season, 2008-09, the Kings finished 14th in the Western Conference and 26th in the overall National Hockey League standings, well out of the playoff picture.
But the silver lining from that year was a dramatic drop in goals against and shots allowed, as the team learned to protect the “home plate” area in the slot, right in front of the net.
After one year under Murray’s tutelage, the 2009-10 Kings broke through with a 101-point finish to their regular season, launching them into sixth place in the Western Conference and into the playoffs for the first time since 2002. Read more of this post