After Game 3 meltdown, Penguins bench Marc Andre-Fleury for Matt Murray

That didn't allow him to score on the initial set-up from Jake Guentzel (two assists), but helped him to bang in the follow-up for the 2-0 lead.

What's next: The series shifts back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Thunder Bay's Matt Murray has gotten the nod for a crucial Game 4 Eastern Conference Final match against the Ottawa Senators. "We're still trying to digest this game that we just played".

The situation looked dire.

Starting a goalie that hadn't been on the ice for an opening faceoff in almost six weeks.

If the Penguins have any hope of winning this series now, it's time for Sullivan to cash out his chips while he's ahead and go back to Murray for Game 4.

The 22-year-old netminder made his first appearance of the playoffs in Game 3 against Ottawa.

The Ducks won 12 games by a goal when the current record of 51 was set, including three of four against the Senators in the Stanley Cup final. For Maatta, it was his first goal of the playoffs.

Sullivan said Fleury handled the demotion like a professional.

"For me, the takeaway is you can't lose the first period by four goals and think you're going to win".

Last season, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final, Murray had a mediocre outing after being only so-so through the first three games against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Sidney Crosby, who led the National Hockey League with 44 goals, has one in the series.

Murray's last start was April 6 before he was sidelined with a lower-body injury through much of the spring. Coming off of the high from game three's win, expect Josi to come out flying again tonight. "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". "I think he's a little hesitant". Theres a certain level of confidence that in different situations the group will respond.”.

Sidney Crosby replied for the Penguins, who trailed 5-0 after two periods.

Before the puck even dropped for their first playoff game, the Pittsburgh Penguins lost their primary goaltender.

"It was a bad start", said Crosby. "We've got to shoot the puck when we have opportunities", he had said in the morning. The one thought from those who knew Crosby best was to never bet against him in a big moment.

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.

"I want to push, but the Stanley Cup champion is on the other side there", coach Guy Boucher said. John Gibson has had great games, the offense has been potent, and they've been able to shut teams down at even strength.

Beauty is more in the eye of the beholder when it comes to the Senators. Washington is also 9-2 in its last 11 road games.

Losing Schultz has impacted the power play, which is mired in a 1-for-14 slump, and forced Sullivan to shuffle his defensive pairings. The 27-year-old was crunched into the boards on a risky hit from Bobby Ryan, one that drew a penalty only on Ian Cole, who throttled Ryan in retaliation. “It just comes down to competing. You're playing the same guys over and over.

Heaven knows - and despite what some of them would have you believe - you don't have to be an Einstein to coach in the National Hockey League. Just from my perspective the "out of sight out of mind" type of recency bias is in play.

At least two more games remain with three being a serious possibility. 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).

"This series especially, every game has told a different story", Pittsburgh forward Carl Hagelin said. "We're not going to stomp all over them".

  • Julie Sanders