Murphy Under No Illusions Ahead Of Dundee Clash

Stena Line Belfast Giants netminder Stephen Murphy was the hero of the hour on Sunday, saving the decisive penalty shot in Coventry as the Giants completed two wins in as many nights against the Blaze. Murphy, a former Dundee Stars player, is preparing with his Giants teammates to return to his hometown on Sunday to face the Stars in a vital Elite League clash.

Belfast currently lead the way at the top of the Elite League, five points clear of the Braehead Clan and six ahead of this Sunday’s opponents, the Dundee Stars who are enjoying their best ever start to an Elite League season with 23 points from 18 games played, and Murphy is determined to keep the Giants ahead in the title race following important wins in Coventry,

“It was a great weekend to get four points in Coventry – it’s a tough place to go. To come away with four points from a double header – we have to be happy with that. To win in a shootout on Sunday was nice, though it could have gone either way.”

Of all players, Stephen Murphy knows how tough Sunday’s game in Dundee will be, especially with the Stars in a position to challenge for the 2013/14 Elite League championship and the Giants will be preparing accordingly for the game so as not to take the Stars ‘lightly’,

“Sunday’s game is definitely going to be a lot different from the last couple of years. It’s a must win game. We need to realise that they’re challenging for the league and they’ll be looking for a big scalp. They’ll be ‘up for it’ and so will their fans and we will need to be prepared for it.”

Watch the full interviews from BBC Sport NI with Head Coach Paul Adey and Stephen Murphy:

Defenceman Davey Phillips takes a shot during Wednesday morning's practice.

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