PITTSBURGH, NOV. 24 -- Washington Capitals Coach Terry Murray was among the many who played for and learned from former Philadelphia Flyers coach Fred Shero, who died today of cancer.
"The thing Fred showed to me and to a lot of people in the hockey world was the real strong emphasis on a team system," said Murray, who was a member of the Flyers in the late 1970s.
"He showed that with four or five top players and others in supporting roles, you can build a very strong team. He had the ability to use people and get people to play at the peak of their abilities."
While earning the nickname "Broad Street Bullies," Shero's Flyers won the Stanley Cup in 1973-74 and 1974-75. Shero spent seven seasons as the Flyers' coach. He then took the New York Rangers to the Stanley Cup finals after the 1978-79 season -- the last time the Rangers reached that level -- before losing to the Montreal Canadiens. Beaupre Not Ready
The Capitals had hoped to knock one name from their fairly lengthy injury list today, but goalie Don Beaupre will need a bit more time to recover from the pulled groin muscle that has sidelined him since Oct. 30.
On Thursday there seemed to be a chance Beaupre might be able to play in tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Civic Arena. But after Friday morning's pregame skate, Beaupre told Murray he still felt a twinge.
There seems little reason for Beaupre to rush back, although he surely doesn't want to delay his return. Jim Hrivnak has played very well in the last three games, all of which were victories. And Mike Liut is healthy. Tatarinov Hurting
Defenseman Mikhail Tatarinov did not play much in the latter part of Friday's 7-3 victory over Pittsburgh because his back tightened up, according to Murray, who is carrying just six defensemen.