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

Paola Ditto
Mag 20, 2017

Marc-Andre Fleury was pulled after the fourth goal and he only made five saves. The argument then was that Fleury was the superior regular season goaltender in 2015-16 and played well in relief in Game 4.

For the past 35 days, Marc-Andre Fleury has been one of the biggest stories of the post-season. Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (9) deflects a shot on net as Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) makes a save during the second period of game three of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL Stan.

"Some nights it's going to be a little bit different. you're not going to be able to put the puck in the net as easy as you want", said Karlsson, who picked up his first point of the series and wound up a plus-4 on the night. On the first, by Mike Hoffman, the puck caromed off the end boards and Fleury lost it.

No playoff team in the east plays with more energy than the Senators - it just happens they use that energy to check like demons.

Fleury is a half-second late recognizing the wraparound from Zack Smith. 4-0.

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan kept the identity of his goalie quiet before finally revealing it on Friday. Sure, the Penguins are the better team and have been in these situations before, but the value is with Ottawa, especially with the way game three played out. It wasn't enough, however.

Senators are 4-0 in their last 4 home games. And that brings us to Game 4.

The Senators only generated 29 shot attempts and 18 shots on goal at 5-on-5 in this game, while the Penguins surpassed them with 47 shot attempts and 25 shots on goal. The Penguins' coaching staff has chose to shake things up by announcing Matt Murray as the starting goalie for Friday's game. Both teams have played 15 games, and the Senators have in excess of 100 more shot attempts at 5-on-5 than the Penguins. It's not one he's entirely unfamiliar with, however.

After practice on Thursday, Fleury said he didn't know yet if he was starting Friday's game. Thus, it was back to Murray in Games 6 and 7, both of which the Penguins won.

Crosby's goal in Wednesday's 5-1 loss was his first since scoring twice in Game 1 against the Washington Capitals on April 27. The nature of the injury Murray suffered has never been disclosed and there's no telling if he's entirely healed or choosing instead to battle through whatever is or was ailing him. That means sticking with Fleury. The collective save percentage so far in these playoffs was.921 through Wednesday, ahead of the.917 mark last season. One game doesn't tell the tale of his post-season. Methot also was a plus-four for the game.

The Ottawa Senators host the Pittsburgh Penguins in game four of the NHL Eastern Conference final on May 19 at 8pm EST. Kyle Turris added a fifth goal in the second period.

Has Fleury been at the very, very, very top of his game in these playoffs?

MacArthur wondered if increased speed and fewer enforcers across the league made for more even competition.

Meanwhile, the Penguins will try again to solve Senators goalie Craig Anderson, against whom they have just three goals in three games.

Forget about back and forth action with plenty of scoring chances and a handful of lead changes, there was none of that.

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