Sport NHL playoffs: Matt Murray to start in goal for Penguins in Game 4

20:45  19 may  2017
20:45  19 may  2017 Source:   Sporting News

Fleury or Murray? Sullivan keeps quiet on goalie situation

  Fleury or Murray? Sullivan keeps quiet on goalie situation Mike Sullivan isn't any hurry to announce who will start in goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Friday's critical Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against Ottawa. The defending Stanley Cup champions have relied heavily on Marc-Andre Fleury during their run to the NHL's final four, but he faltered in Game 3, allowing four goals in just over 13 minutes before being pulled for Matt Murray in a 5-1 loss that gave the Senators a 2-1 lead in the series.Sullivan doesn't plan on naming a starter until after his team's skate on Friday morning.''I've said all along, we have two great goalies,'' Sullivan said Thursday.

He allowed four goals on 30 shots in two periods against the Lightning in Game 4 . Fleury was in goal to start the third period in what ended as a 4-3 Penguins loss. Murray is 3-0 with a .929 save percentage in starts after a loss in the Stanley Cup Playoffs .

Playing in place of Matt Murray , who hasn't skated since sustaining lower-body injury before Game 1 of playoffs . by Wes Crosby / NHL .com Correspondent. Pittsburgh, with Fleury in goal , won the series in five games . Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Murray and forward Carl Hagelin (lower

Matt Murray© (Getty Images) Matt Murray

Matt Murray will draw the start in goal Friday night when the Pittsburgh Penguins, down 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals, play the Senators in Ottawa.

Coach Mike Sullivan confirmed the move after Murray was the first goalie off the ice at the Penguins' morning skate, according to the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review, a typical indication of a team’s starter for the night's game.

Murray left the ice after approximately 40 minutes Friday morning, according to the report, while Marc-Andre Fleury worked for close to an hour. Fleury has been the team's starter in the playoffs but was pulled 13 minutes into Game 3 after allowing four goals on nine shots.

Fleury or Murray? Sullivan keeps quiet on goalie situation

  Fleury or Murray? Sullivan keeps quiet on goalie situation Mike Sullivan isn't any hurry to announce who will start in goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Friday's critical Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against Ottawa. The defending Stanley Cup champions have relied heavily on Marc-Andre Fleury during their run to the NHL's final four, but he faltered in Game 3, allowing four goals in just over 13 minutes before being pulled for Matt Murray in a 5-1 loss that gave the Senators a 2-1 lead in the series.Sullivan doesn't plan on naming a starter until after his team's skate on Friday morning.''I've said all along, we have two great goalies,'' Sullivan said Thursday.

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan has confirmed Matt Murray will start in goal Friday night against the Senators in Ottawa. In his NHL career, the 22-year-old Murray has made 21 playoff starts and boasts a 2.05 goals -against average and .924 save percentage.

After the Senators Game 3 thrashing of the Penguins , the HNIC panel debates whether Pittsburgh should try to change the energy and start Matt Murray in Game 4 , or go back with Fleury. NHL headed for record number of one- goal games this spring. 1 hour ago.

Murray was supposed to be the team's postseason starter but was scratched before Game 1 of Pittsburgh's first-round series against the Blue Jackets after suffering a lower-body injury in warmups. He was healthy enough by Game 7 of the Capitals second-round series against the Capitals to serve as Fleury's ​backup in that game.

After replacing Fleury, Murray had 19 saves on 20 shots in Wednesday's eventual 5-1 loss.

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