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

Posted May 31, 2017

Matt Murray went in his place, stopping 19/20 the rest of the way. Each has taken turns scoring in this series but not frequently enough to keep up with the more balanced (and healthy) Senators attack in this series, where they've been outscored 7-2.

"Marc was a professional like he always is", Sullivan is quoted as saying on the team's Twitter account. Following Wednesday, Fleury's three worst games of the playoffs have been Game 4 against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round, Game 6 against the Capitals and, obviously, Game 3 against the Senators. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was shelled and replaced with Matt Murray.

How Murray handles his first starting assignment in more six weeks will certainly be a focus for Pittsburgh in Game 4, but the club's offence is also a priority.

“We need to find a way to maintain that sense of urgency, that desperation, ” Crosby said. A ton of fans will think so. "I don't think there's anything wrong with that", he added. Murray is the starter on Friday. The game kicks off at 8:00 PM EST and NBCSN (US) will doing the national TV coverage while the game can also be watched online live on FuboTV.

The Ducks won 12 games by a goal when the current record of 51 was set, including three of four against the Sens in the Stanley Cup final.

The key to Pittsburghs chance at returning to the Cup Final for a second straight year will rely heavily on its ability to summon that kind of energy without being hit first by Ottawa. One game doesn't tell the tale of his post-season.

The determination I make on the question leads me believe the answer is a simple one. "Even the best team". Ottawa forward Bobby Ryan carried the puck over the Pittsburgh line, curled as one defender fell, and he threw the puck across to the front of Murray's net, where Clarke MacArthur deftly tipped the puck into the open side for his third of the playoffs. That's an strong level. It just comes down to playing the same competition over and over.”. "Fleury has been great these playoffs!"

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

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Already I can hear the cries of "unfair!" The Sens have simply sucked the life out of their attack with an intensely defensive approach mirroring the one which helped them capture second spot in the Atlantic division during the regular season before topping the Bruins and Rangers in the opening two rounds.

"I know that we have what it takes", head coach Mike Sullivan insisted after practice on Thursday. "You don't want to get down at any point, but to get down 4-0 is digging a pretty big hole".

I'm sure this will be an emotional and passionate debate. The argument then was that Fleury was the superior regular season goaltender in 2015-16 and played well in relief in Game 4. It will be a very pivotal decision for Sullivan to make. "We have a lot of guys who know their team, know what they have and what they can do". Hoffman stuffed the shot, standing to the left of the goal, just between the post and right pad of Fleury. Add in the fact that he had a pretty terrible regular season, and the odds seemed good that, despite a nice run here over the past month or so, we'd see the real 2017 Fleury emerge.

The temptation to stick with Fleury is surely there for Sullivan, despite the decision to pull MAF after he allowed four goals on just nine shots in Game 3.

So, if there's a silver lining it might be that at least the situation happened a game earlier this year.

"They were the better team tonight for two periods and they deserved the game", Boucher said. Personally I would go with Fleury. "They understand it. They understand what's at stake". "But it doesn't just stop with Sid, it goes down the bench".

"I found that we fumbled a lot of pucks".