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Penguins turn to Matt Murray for Game 4 of Eastern final

20 May 2017

Trailing 2-1 in the series the Penguins look to even up their Eastern Conference Final matchup with the Senators later this evening when the teams meet for Game 4 in Ottawa.

Perhaps the presence of a global champ subconsciously galvanized the Senators, because it didn't take long at all - 48 seconds, to be precise - for the team to open scoring.

But Matt Murray is in net, and Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin all healthy - this game is far from over. well, until they still couldn't earn a second-period goal and Kyle Turris closed out the period blowing by Murray to make it a 5-0 lead. Pittsburgh is just 1-for-14 on the power play in the last five contests, and the Penguins haven't scored more than two goals since Game 4 versus the Washington Capitals. "He made some timely saves for us when we needed it, and I thought he was solid".

After Fleury allowed four goals on nine first-period shots in Game 3, he was yanked and replaced by Murray, who had been idle since April 6.

The day before the crucial Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan kept everyone guessing as to the identity of his starting goalie on Friday.

If the Penguins have any hope of winning this series now, it's time for Sullivan to cash out his chips while he's ahead and go back to Murray for Game 4.

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"I'm not going to elaborate on the coach's decision", Sullivan said. "We didn't. But they all seemed to go in the net".

"It's not going to go 16 games in a row perfectly", he said. "These guys have both helped us win games".

Perry's shot deflected in off Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban's stick 10:25 into overtime, and the Ducks snapped the Predators' 10-game home playoff winning streak with a 3-2 victory Thursday night.

Murray was supposed to be the team's postseason starter, but Fleury was thrown into the crease when Murray was injured in warmups before Game 1 of the Penguins' first round series. Game 3 versus the Ottawa Senators was putrid and over within the first 13 minutes of the game.

Already I can hear the cries of "unfair! And I said yesterday, it's a good hard decision to have because we have two guys that are as capable as they are, and both of these guys have helped this team win all year long, and they're both high quality people and they're high quality goaltenders".

"Emotion is the fabric of our game", Sullivan said.

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"I've played it lots out of curiosity and trying to run up the votes for us", said Lowe, who won the Cup five times with the Oilers and again with the '94 Rangers.

Murray had suffered a lower-body injury in warm-ups before the Columbus series opener and admitted to being rusty in his return. "You don't really give your team a chance in the game", he said. I definitely felt like I hadn't played in about four weeks. "A much better start will be imperative if we're going to have success".

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. We've got to compete for rebounds and I think if we do that we'll find ways to score goals.

"He's been instrumental for us since he got here, not just with what he does on the ice, but also on the bench and off-ice, his personality and his leadership", Boucher said in French. We just have to go out there and execute it and do our job.

Surviving the early storm, the Pens pulled in front with the game's first goal in the 19th minute on a seemingly harmless shot by Maatta, who strode down the left side and fired short-side on Anderson.

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Penguins turn to Matt Murray for Game 4 of Eastern final