Murray liked what he saw from the power play

2012-10-30T15:47:00Z Murray liked what he saw from the power playby Diana C. Nearhos Glens Falls Post-Star
October 30, 2012 3:47 pm  • 

Two hundred minutes is a long time to wait in between power-play goals, but when the Phantoms got started they made it count on Sunday.

The game-tying and winning goals were both scored on the power play, just 1:16 apart.

"It was a good time for it to come alive and it needed to," Terry Murray said. "The power play does pop up at critical times in the game, or right at the beginning of the game it does pop up and if you're not quite ready to go the next thing you know, maybe you're a little bit frustrated and then things are not clicking the rest of the game.

"That could be said, almost, of the game the other night but we got it together, the guys really settled in and did a good job at the end of the day."

The power play is what killed the Phantoms Saturday night. They granted Rochester far too many chances and it caught up with them.

On Sunday, the Phantoms gave up a power-play goal that put Syracuse on the board and then gave up two more special-teams goals - one on a 4-4 situation and one on a 4-3.

But the power play started clicking early, even if there weren't goals to show for it. Tye McGinn's first goal came immediately following a power play.

"The power play overall was pretty good," Murray said. "You're not going to get great chances every opportunity, but it's critical to come up the ice together, into the offensive zone, try to get things settled out, recover some pucks and just get your set up going. So you at least pass the puck and get a good feel, some good looks. The goalie's going to make some saves, they're going to block some shots."

He said the power play isn't just a chance to score goals. That is clearly the ideal situation, but it also helps just to build momentum off a good power play, such as before McGinn's goal. It's not just about the players on the ice, but the players on the next shift who come out looking to get that goal.

"They're going back out next shift, after the opportunities on the power play and they're feeling good, they want to go after it, they've got good energy and it just builds on itself," Murray said.

The final goal was another example of McGinn being exactly where he is supposed to be on a power play. Murray has said before, and reiterated after practice Tuesday, he likes McGinn in front of the goal on the power play.

McGinn said his job is to take the goaltender's eyes, screen him so he cannot see the shot coming at him.

That is exactly what he did on Brandon Manning's shot in overtime. He planted himself in front of the net, screened Riku Helenius and Manning fired off the one-timer for the win.

McGinn also scored in the season opener in the same way, he was there in front of the net to jump on a rebound. McGinn said he likes that position, he said the other guys on his power play have great shots and if he can demand the goaltender's attention they only have a greater chance of scoring.

Other notes from practice:

Matt Mangene, Brayden Schenn and Matt Konan were all missing from practice.

Mangene is recovering from the hit he took while assisting McGinn's second goal. He flipped the puck to Schenn, who made a great move on Crunch defenseman Radko Gudas and passed to McGinn. But he took a big hit in the process and is now day-to-day.

Schenn was out for a maintenance day, according to Murray.

Konan is suffering from a bug and is recovering away from the rink so as to not infect anyone else and optimize his recovery time.

Lines:

Rinaldo-Bordson-Holmstrom

Zolnierczyk-Couturier-Harper

Wellwood-Johnston-Testwuide

Ford-Roe-McGinn

Brown was on his own as Schenn and Mangene's absences created a one-man "line."

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