Los Angeles Kings coach Terry Murray acknowledged Friday he "overreacted probably" Thursday night when he took issue with fans' booing his team during the Kings' 4-0 home loss to the St. Louis Blues, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
"I overreacted probably, in saying ... you don't want to drag them into the reason why, but I did. There's nothing I can do about it now," he said Friday after the Kings' practice, according to the report. "It's never the right thing to throw stuff at your fans. I know that. It was a night to forget."
The Kings had six giveaways in the first 11 1/2 minutes, were outshot 30-6 through two periods and gave up a goal from near mid-ice in the third, but Murray was most discouraged by the treatment of his team during the lackluster shutout loss Thursday night at Staples Center.
"The most disappointing, frustrating thing was at the end of the second period, when we got booed off the ice by our fans," Murray said Thursday after the game. "That's the worst I've ever been through in all the years I've been coaching."
Murray thought the Kings deserved better after going 4-0 on a road trip that concluded Tuesday with a 4-2 victory in Nashville. He expected fans to show a little compassion for the home team, which entered the game in fourth place in the Western Conference standings.
Not even close.
"I've been behind the bench almost 3,000 hockey games in the NHL and booed off the ice by your own fans at the end of the second period, after [what] we've been through?" he said Thursday. "I'm very disappointed."
Kevin Westgarth gave Kings' fans the only reason to cheer when he won a fight against Cam Janssen two minutes into the game. But the momentum quickly got away from the Kings as they were outshot 9-1, then gave up the game's first goal when Matt D'Agostini scored off a bad rebound wth 3:30 left in the opening period.
Murray struck a conciliatory tone Friday, emphasizing his appreciation for Kings fans.
"These fans, I've said that many times, we've got great fans. I know that. They mean a lot to this hockey club," Murray said, according to the Times report. "They've got a lot of energy and a lot of emotion to our games and have helped us through a lot of difficult times. The atmosphere in our building right from the middle of the year last year right through the playoffs has been incredible because of the fans."
Information from ESPNLosAngeles.com Kings blogger Dan Arritt and The Associated Press was used in this report.