Fleury or Murray? Sullivan keeps quiet on goalie situation
- Author: Julie Sanders May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 13:10
"That's a decision we made", Sullivan said Friday afternoon at the team's downtown hotel. "And I said yesterday, it's a good hard decision to have because we have two guys that are as capable as they are, and both of these guys have helped this team win all year long, and they're both high quality people and they're high quality goaltenders". "They're terrific goalies, and we're fortunate that we have these guys as part of our team".
Fleury has started every playoff game for the Penguins after Murray was injured in warmups prior to Game 1 of the first round against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
It looks like Marc-Andre Fleury played himself out of the Pittsburgh Penguins net.
Down 2-1 in the series, the Penguins are looking to rebound in Ottawa before returning to home ice for Game 5 on Sunday.
The momentum came to a sudden and emphatic halt in the first period Wednesday night. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 37 goals on 490 shots faced and Matt Murray has given up one goal on 20 shots. So as I said, these decisions are very hard. That's how I kind of, like, look at it.
"To duplicate (Game 3) is going to be hard, but we've got to have the same mindset, dedication and focus to start the game", Karlsson said before the game. I think he can shake off the really bad game and bounce back.
Trailing in a playoff series for the first time this postseason, the reigning champion Pittsburgh Penguins are making a goalie change. He called a couple of the bounces the Senators received "flukey" and is eager for a chance to go back to work. He recorded two assists in Game 4, giving him seven during the 2017 playoffs to go with nine goals. "I'd hate to be one of the top guys". If that trend continues, it won't matter who's in net, the Senators will be heading to the Stanley Cup Final. The NHL's highest-scoring team has found the going significantly tougher against the Senators and surging goaltender Craig Anderson.
Penguins are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
The Senators have gained confidence using coach Guy Boucher's neutral zone clogging system and have prevented the Penguins from sustaining consistent pressure in front of Anderson.
A pair of Senators goals made it a one-goal game. He was stabilized by goaltending coach Mike Bales, who reined in Fleury's more extravagant displays of athleticism, which sometimes got him in trouble. The Senators are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. On a night the Penguins played with five defencemen yet again, they got goals from two of them.
Crosby, who led the league with 44 goals during the regular season, stressed it's important not to let 15 ugly minutes overshadow the bigger picture.
The 27-year-old Hoffman said he thinks teams are trying to limit mistakes against high-powered opponents with simple hockey.
He put no weight on the leg as he left the game and was listed as having a lower-body injury.
Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz and forwards Bryan Rust, Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl seem to be doubtful to play in Game 4 and have been given the day to day status.