Murray was the first goatender off the ice at the Penguins' optional skate on Friday morning, hinting at Sullivan's decision.
Murray, who hadn't started a game since April 6, looked comfortable making 24 saves as the Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2 to tie the best-of-seven series 2-2, with Game 5 Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh. "When you lose, you're always looking to see what went wrong", said Kunitz, a three-time Cup victor.
Sens head coach Guy Boucher has said that Alex Burrows is recovering and that he will be available for Game 4. There will be some hard decisions for Pens fans when they go to vote, three of the four championship winning teams made the list. They're a really good team, they won it past year and we know we're going to be as close to our best as we possibly can. As I said, these decisions are very hard.
He made a strong stop on Mike Hoffman less than two minutes into the game and then denied Viktor Stalberg on a pair of follow-up opportunities.
Ottawa's late push, which saw Tom Pyatt make it 3-2 with five minutes left, ultimately fell short. He won the Penguins a Cup previous year. That led to the Cup championship, and Murray would remain Sully's starter this season. Murray was the better regular-season goaltender, and Fleury was only playing because of injury.
Banged up or not, with or without Fleury in the net, they simply have to start scoring. If the Penguins want to win the Eastern Conference Final, it will have to be on the back of the stars.
Ottawa played with fire from start to finish in game 3.
Murray was a revelation past year as he helped lead the Penguins to a Stanley Cup, but is this an overreaction to be being utterly and thoroughly outcoached?
Fleury never complained. He stayed positive.
In 15 appearances this postseason, Fleury has had a save percentage of.924 with a 2.56 GAA and two shutouts.
Try to remember those good Game 3 feelings - because things began to take a turn at the end of the first period. He had, according to sharp observers, a terrific practice. "When you're flatfooted and down by a few in the first couple minutes it's not a good feeling and I don't think we're going to let that happen again". "I think we did an all-around good job tonight". "I think it's been a full team buy-in, full team effort by whoever's on the ice", the 27-year-old Wideman said Thursday.
Home Sweet Home The Predators have won every single home playoff game that they've played thus far. "I'd hate to be one of the top guys".
Where Murray's return proved inspirational, the gamble could have just as easily backfired. He was in one net and Murray in another, and eventually Murray gave way to third-stringer Tristan Jarry, which some observers thought meant he was not the No. 1. They're both high-quality people and they're high-quality goaltenders. They scored four of those in the first while Turris was the first to beat Murray at 18:18 of the second. Neither was made available to the press.
"Well the goalie pick doesn't matter if the Penguins can't score!"
Sullivan was asked, "Did you give Fleury an explanation for the change?" He should know, as he kicked off their scoring drive just 48 seconds into game three. He was asked, "Will you explain that to us?"
It's not too complicated, really. But Murray is the future, and. well, it was likely the right move. Though it's not on Fleury alone, it's also worth noting that he's only lost consecutive games once this post-season. The fourth Senators tally was one Fleury might have been able to prevent had he been really sharp, but it was more the result of a bad defensive play from Brian Dumoulin.
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