Goalie Matt Murray to start for Penguins in Game 4 vs. Senators

Thunder Bay's Matt Murray has gotten the nod for a crucial Game 4 Eastern Conference Final match against the Ottawa Senators. He hasn't scored an even-strength goal since returning from the concussion suffered in Game 3 against the Capitals.

While it's hard to pin much of the blame on Fleury's shoulders for the series deficit, the Penguins are clearly looking for a spark to avoid falling in a 3-1 hole.

"Marc was a professional like he always is".

What seems telling though, is that he didn't immediately head the inevitable goalie decision/controversy off at the pass. Incredibly, the high-scoring Penguins had scored but a single goal - one of them a victor - in their previous five matches against Ottawa, three in the playoffs and two in the regular season. "Last playoff, this season, it's about the team". After allowing four goals on nine shots, Pittsburgh pulled goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

While coach Guy Boucher lamented his team's "puck fumbling" that prevented any sort of rhythm on an ineffective power play, he also knows what he's up against. While a lot of that isn't too meaningful now, it's likely some regression is coming sooner than later, Fleury hasn't really ever shown he was capable of carrying a super-high save % for a long stretch of time (sans the 2008 playoffs of nearly a decade ago when he did have a.933 sav% in 20 games). Though Pittsburgh says otherwise, risky scoring chances have been limited for just about everyone, including Rocket Richard trophy victor Sidney Crosby. A ton of fans will think so. "I think seeing the way we played, hopefully that's something we can build off of". The three have generated 18 scoring chances while allowing 22. Its out of my control, so I dont really think too much about it.”. Because none of this was on him in Game 3. Plus, Karlsson plays half the game. Personally I would go with Fleury.

Through the good and the bad of his own career and the Penguins season, Maatta has maintained an even-keel, family friendly vocabulary. Clarke MacArthur beat Penguins netminder Matt Murray with 1:38 left in the second period. Before last night's disaster, Fleury had a.931 save percentage.

"Each time I've gotten hurt, I've come back stronger and that's all you can do", Murray said Thursday after practice at the University of Ottawa. It just comes down to playing the same competition over and over.”.

While injuries are certainly hurting play in the defensive zone, it's probably had a greater effect at the offensive end.

Naturally, this year's team isn't last year's.

Already I can hear the cries of "unfair!" Murray's QS rate in the 2016-17 regular season was 55.3% to Fleury's 47.1%.

The Senators got a pretty good bounce to take a 2-0 lead when Methot was credited with his second of the playoffs after it deflected off Cole and into the net.

I'm sure this will be an emotional and passionate debate.

Well, in Game 5 versus the Lightning past year, Fleury was spotty, and the Penguins lost in overtime.

Murray saw his first playoff action Wednesday night in Game 3, as Sullivan benched Fleury after Ottawa's hot start.

So, if there's a silver lining it might be that at least the situation happened a game earlier this year. Forsberg, who started Nashville's comeback win in Game 3, ensured overtime crashing the net with two teammates and smashing the puck across the line.

The news conferences of Penguins coach Mike Sullivan have turned into triage reports, with new names added daily to the injury list. He was stabilized by goaltending coach Mike Bales, who reined in Fleury's more extravagant displays of athleticism, which sometimes got him in trouble. One of those goals came Friday courtesy of Crosby.

  • Julie Sanders