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05-12-2011, 11:43 AM
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RandyHolt
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Murray was not without his faults and failures - he was at the core of our teams playoff failures. But I like his methodical approach. Assigning Gaetan to shadow Bossy resulted in Gates potting 4 goals while limiting Bossy to 1. Pounding that giveaway prone young defensemen, and by not using his A1 goal scorer soley, to do so.

I always felt Murray was too obsessed with the dump and chase, but it obviously worked to the tune of being able to get a ton of shots in all those pivotal close playoff games where we choked. Like Bruce, he did steer us out of being a laughing stock.

* Murray faced some stiff competition in our division. Facing long established franchises, we just couldnt get over that offensive stonewalling in big playoff games, our Gs outplayed. He was helped by all the great D pickups by D. Poile. The D stands for defensemen, his specialty. He and Murray just couldn't get us over the hump offensively, or get A1 G play when it mattered most.

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