"It's not about effort. It's never been about effort."
Those nine words from Matt Murray followed his 29 saves and the Penguins' 4-0 shutout of the Canucks on this Tuesday night at PPG Paints Arena. He was trying to describe for me the level to which his team is demonstrating real attention to real defensive detail.
I'll emphasize he was trying. It's not easy to explain.
"If anything, I think we've got guys coming back so hard that we'll maybe overskate a play and give up a chance that way," Murray continued. "But no, it's definitely not about effort, and it hasn't been about effort all season."