Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan would not elaborate much on the decision, but he did confirm that goaltender Matt Murray would start Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final on Friday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. "You just look at those teams, I don't even know when the last time we played Nashville was".
Because you proably would have missed a furious 138-second span in which the Sens tacked on three more goals, courtesy of Marc Methot, Derick Brassard and Zack Smith.
Through two periods, whenever the dominant Penguins did penetrate deeply, they could not foil either the Ottawa defence or Anderson, who was particularly brilliant in the third period until the Kessel goal.
Marc-Andre Fleury has been the starter for every playoff game after Murray was injured just before Game 1 of the Columbus series.
When I'm watching a game and I have no real rooting interest in who wins and loses there is only one thing I want, and that's to be entertained. "Not the ideal circumstances by any means, but it felt good to shake some rust off a little bit". "Outside of the stuff the coaches and management have to put on the ice, we go out there and if we focus on something else, we're not going to do very good".
The fourth goal cued the exit of Fleury, who allowed the goals on nine shots. And from there, the Senators were on their way. The Senators are listed with odds of -105 at home, while the over/under total has been set at 5 goals.
"I've really been enjoying this playoff run", Fleury said Thursday after practice.
(To be fair, something about the way Ottawa plays seems allergic to trying to score goals.) Still, Pittsburgh is just about half a team right now, Crosby is still riding a pointless streak, they have no idea who will be on defense at this point and they managed to even this series at 1-1. Undaunted, they swore to remain true to Boucher's system, while making a few adjustments to create more offense. "First we have to execute", said Turris.
"I think all season and then in the playoffs, we've been the unsuspecting team that finds a way to hang around", Ryan added. We know what Murray has done in the past, he's risen to the occasion.
Ive said all along, we have two great goalies, Sullivan said Thursday. "Both of these guys handled the decision we made extremely professional". I think it's a readiness. If we get into an offensive contest, well, we can give them the series right now.
Compared to Saturday's match, this one was high-spirited, faster and at times chaotic, with far more superior scoring chances. It wasn't like we gave up a lot of scoring chances. Maybe, unlike what we've seen from seemingly stable leads in this year's playoffs, they could hang on and win in regulation?
"It was a bad start", Crosby said.
Our fearless leader makes the case for why Matt Murray should get the nod in goal from Game 4 over Fleury. "And that's what I tried to do, just play with no hesitation and no fear".
The Senators, boring? They were anything but in this one and now they're only two wins away from a trip to the Cup final. The Ottawa Senators have allowed one goal in each of their last three games. That's probably what it's going to be. The Senators scored a fifth goal at the end of the second, and the fans chanted "We Want Six!", and Phil and Dion kept sparring and jawing. Without Kris Letang and Justin Schultz out, the Penguins are missing their best two puck-moving defensemen, which is making it hard to break out of the defensive zone cleanly and get out in transition.
Hosting their first Eastern Conference final game in 10 years, the Sens came out flying. The Pens made Vezina trophy finalists Sergei Bobrovsky and Braden Holtby look average at best in the first two rounds of these playoffs, but haven't been able to figure out Anderson.
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