Murrays engage in verbal brawl

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:36 PM ET

It's a good thing Senators coach Bryan Murray and Kings counterpart Andy Murray aren't related because punches might be thrown if they ever sat together at the dinner table.

The two coaches fired verbal shots at each other after the Senators beat Los Angeles 5-1 in a penalty-filled game at the Corel Centre last night.

"That's a typical Andy Murray game," a steaming Bryan Murray said after the teams combined for 119 penalty minutes. "That's what Andy does. He sends guys out to run people. It's every game with him.

"First, (Sean) Avery goes out there and spears (Dominik) Hasek with his stick. Even at the end, somebody ran (Christoph) Schubert. Avery is never much of a factor. He's just the leader of the band. But he gets quoted all the time. Other than (Jeremy Roenick), he's the most quoted guy in the league, but who cares?"

Naturally, the Kings coach didn't take the accusations lightly.

"I don't really know what Bryan is talking about,'' Andy Murray said. ''We both know what our reputations are and we both know what kind of reputation Bryan Murray has as a long-time coach. That's fine. He's the one with the reputation to uphold.

"I haven't been around as long as Bryan Murray, but we know he sends players out because he has a reputation of being a tough coach. He sent Zdeno Chara out there, but at least he picked a tough guy in (Tim) Gleason. But Bryan made a big mistake in this case because it's going to cost him $10,000 and Chara is going to get suspended for a game. He's going to pay a big price for that."

The Kings coach didn't stop there.

"Bryan can say what he wants now. He's at the top of the league and I'd sure like to get there," he said. "So he's sitting up there on his lofty perch and saying all this stuff. The problem is, if you're up there you can't have it both ways -- you don't do one thing and preach about it, and then go out and do something else.

"But I don't think anybody should be blaming us for this game getting out of control. I would certainly hope the media doesn't portray this as our fault."

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com


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