Kings lose as Sabres assistant Murray, their old coach, watches

Sometimes, the NHL schedule-makers display an unintentional sense of humor.


Kings lose as Sabres assistant Murray, their old coach, watches

The Kings played in Buffalo on Saturday night and lost, 2-1, in overtime on Ryan O’Reilly’s goal, which ended the Kings’ win streak at six games. Watching intently from the Sabres’ bench was assistant coach Terry Murray, who was fired as Kings coach exactly four years to the day.

Murray supervised a three-year remaking procedure, and his patient, academic style changed the Kings from meeting base inhabitants to a respectable group. For example, his guard first style formed Drew Doughty into a top NHL defenseman and Anze Kopitar into one of the class' best two-way focuses.

The Kings terminated Murray in 2011 in light of the fact that the group appeared to be stale and couldn't score enough. Darryl Sutter came in, and with his blunt, unusual style, started the Kings to a Stanley Cup win seven months after the fact.

Murray's impressions stay on these Kings, however, and positively he perceived the sort of amusement played Saturday, a low-scoring undertaking that incorporated the kind of guard he requested as Kings mentor.

"I think we improved, particularly in the third (period),'' Kings winger Milan Lucic said on Fox Sports West, "supporting one another, traveling through the unbiased zone and getting our possibilities. Tragically, we couldn't cover them. We must begin next amusement like we finished today.''

The Kings lost without precedent for the 3-on-3 extra minutes position – they're currently 5-1 – yet at the same time have recorded no less than one point in nine back to back recreations (7-0-2). Most striking is that the Kings have not won in Buffalo since February 2003, despite the fact that the Sabers have battled for quite a bit of that time.

O'Reilly ensured the Kings' misfortunes would proceed. He scored 3:19 into additional time when, while tumbling to the ice, he hurled a high wrist shot past Kings goalie (and previous Saber) Jhonas Enroth.

The Kings unquestionably were not taking care of business, and playing the earlier night in Pittsburgh likely had something to do with that. They drove, 1-0, on Marian Gaborik's objective 4:47 into the first period, yet Buffalo tied the amusement at the 7:19 imprint on Jamie McGinn's strategic maneuver objective.

The Sabers thought they had the lead with 12 seconds left in the second period, however Jake McCabe's objective was upset by video survey, which indicated Sabers forward Brian Gionta had gone offs
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