Here’s what Terry Murray said this afternoon regarding Jonathan Quick’s play, his goaltending situation in general and an update on Erik Ersberg’s status, as well. This is the answer to the question, “What will Murray do now?” But first, he talks about Quick’s recent performances…
MURRAY: “Quick has played well. Early in the first period, he had a couple good stops. He looks very confident right now. He is very confident. He’s under control, he’s really following the puck and he makes the big stop whenever he’s asked of it, especially at the end there, in the third period with the power plays. There were a couple 5-on-3s, and there’s obviously a lot of things going on in a 5-on-3 power play. There’s a lot of movement, and he’s got great awareness of what’s happening weak-side. He earned the shutout. The guys played well in front. The players did a lot of good things. I thought we blocked a lot of shots, but the goaltender got what he deserved. He earned it.”
Question: He’s starting tomorrow?
MURRAY: “Yes, he is. We’ll go back with him again. He’s got to be excited about it. I told him on the ice here (during practice) that he was going again tomorrow. He’s taking advantage of the opportunity that he’s been given, and he’s making the steps in the right direction.”
Question: How close do you think Ersberg is to returning, and what do you do when he’s ready to go?
MURRAY: “Probably after today’s practice, I would say he’s probably going to say he feels 100 percent. He’s been pain-free the last couple days and been able to do all the movement that he feels he needs to do. I think it’s just a matter of getting some timing. This practice today was important for him, to be able to find some pucks through traffic. We did a lot of flow and game-scenario situations, so I would probably suggest that he’d be fine after today. Then what do I do? Play Quick right now. He had the shutout, I’ll play him tomorrow and then we have four days of practice. We’ll evaluate things as we move forward. I don’t have a big picture for the whole thing right now. I’m just going to take a look at it as we go through the next four days of practice, after the Columbus game, and get ready for the next game.”