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Sport Gene Collier: Penguins will start Marc-Andre Fleury in goal Friday

19:10  19 may  2017
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By Gene Collier / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Its March of the Injured Penguins had advanced halfway through April, and as Bales foresaw, Marc - Andre Fleury , the beloved Flower, did go in and play great as the Blue Jackets fired five of the game’ s first seven shots on goal , eight of the first 11, nine of the.

PITTSBURGH -- Longtime Penguins goalie Marc - Andre Fleury , after coming up big in a surprise start in the playoff opener, will get another start in Game 2 on Friday as Matt Murray remains sidelined with a lower body injury, coach Mike Sullivan said.

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury watches from the end of the bench after being pulled from Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.© Peter Diana/Post-Gazette Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury watches from the end of the bench after being pulled from Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

OTTAWA, Ontario — Of the 20 Penguins who will dress for Game 4 Friday night, I would guess a distinguished dozen or more live in houses in which the pantry closet is larger than the home locker room at the practice rink this week — the cozy, fragrant den of the University of Ottawa fighting Gee Gees.

A Gee Gee is a slang term for a racehorse, and the University adopted as its colors Garnet and Gray to play off the twin G’s, probably because Green and Gold was too easy. Why it adopted the Gee Gees as the mascot in the first place is a longer, even-less-interesting story dating to the 16th century, but I have it on reasonable authority that it wasn’t because Bee Gees was taken.

NHL playoffs: Fleury's early exit leaves Penguins coach Mike Sullivan with tough call

  NHL playoffs: Fleury's early exit leaves Penguins coach Mike Sullivan with tough call <p>The Penguins were embarrassed 5-1 by the Senators in Game 3 of the NHL's Eastern Conference finals Wednesday, and now Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is under fire after a rough outing.</p>Fleury allowed four goals on the Senators' first nine shots in the first period before he was pulled in favor of Matt Murray. Fleury's struggles could cause the Penguins to start Murray in Game 4 on Friday.

Starting goalie Matt Murray was a late scratch after exiting warm-ups early, giving longtime Penguins goalie Marc - Andre Fleury the surprise start . Editor's Picks. Fleury still a world-class goalie, teammate.

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It’s a quirky little backdrop in which to have your Stanley Cup title defense hanging in the balance, and the spectacle of Stanley Cup-winning goaltenders Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray standing six feet from each other with 60 or so hockey journalists between them Thursday seemed to goose the drama considerably.

“Even if I [had been told], I wouldn’t tell you,” said Murray on the question that was the elephant in a room better suited to, at most, two housecats.

But then, Murray didn’t have to tell us who’ll start in goal for Game 4; it’ll be Fleury, who has started every game of this postseason. That’s unless I’m misreading the 100 or so other indicators.

I know, what are the odds?

Head coach Mike Sullivan yanked Fleury out of Game 3 when four of the Ottawa Senators’ first nine shots hit nothing but net (OK, maybe the odd shin pad or skate, too), and Murray mopped up a 5-1 pie in the face that left the Penguins in the uncomfortable position of having suddenly dropped four of its past six playoff games. That in what had begun to resemble a charmed postseason.

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.

Marc - Andre Fleury will be in goal tonight for Vegas against the Calgary Flames. Marc - Andre Fleury will get the start in Saturday's game against the San Jose Sharks. Fleury was given the night off on Friday , as the Golden Knights beat the St. Louis Blues in overtime.

Marc - Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights gets introduced prior to the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Fleury touched on that particular and other homecoming-related matters this past Friday in an exclusive interview with the Tribune-Review Q: Yeah, but the Penguins are starting to get hot.

Sullivan officially was noncommittal on the identity of his starting netminder Friday night, but he was instructive on the question of whether he’d be starting Fleury out of some sense of loyalty to the beloved Flower.

“I think we have loyalty to our whole group; I don’t think it’s to any one particular guy,” Sullivan said near the ice surface after a practice of less than 45 minutes. “This is a team, and it’s a team in the true sense of the word, so are we appreciative of the contributions that all our guys make — Marc-Andre included? Yes, absolutely. We wouldn’t be to the point where we’re at without these guys. Any of them.

“So that’s how we look at it; I think we have loyalty to our whole team.”

General manager Jim Rutherford, the old netminder himself, had watched a slightly goalie-centric practice from a standing position between the sixth row of seats and the seventh and last row of seats. Murray and Fleury and even backup backup Tristan Jarry were on the ice — and wait, is that Jeff Zatkoff?

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

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

The Pittsburgh Penguins pulled starting goalie Marc - Andre Fleury after he allowed four goals on nine shots in less than 13 minutes of work Wednesday in a 5-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Penguins veteran Marc - Andre Fleury proved he's still a world-class goalie -- and teammate. Editor's Picks. Pens to stick with Fleury in goal as Murray hurt. Fleury -- who will start Game 2 on Friday -- will get another opportunity to build off that success.

But here on the campus of the largest university in Ottawa, which just happens to be the most educated city in all Canada, Rutherford and Sullivan and goaltenders coach Mike Bales, in colloquy with additional consultants, were all trying to make an educated guess on the immediate ramifications of Fleury vs. Murray.

It’s entirely possible the urgent conversations predated the practice, and the decision as well. The announcement was probably delayed to make the Senators mull it for as long as possible.

All parties seemed sworn to the pretense of indecision.

“I don’t know yet,” said Fleury. “[Sullivan] hasn’t spoken about it.”

For his part, Fleury seemed completely unaffected by being run off by the Senators, both during a playful practice and in the tiny locker room. He stood smiling near his locker, his hands folded calmly at his waist, fingers interlaced.

“It’s not going to go 16 games in a row perfectly,” he said of his heretofore sensational postseason. “So I put that one behind already, and I’m ready to go.”

You can’t persuade me, at least for the moment, that Sullivan is going to sit Fleury for one bad period when he’s getting multiple dreadful efforts over stretches of multiple periods from just about everybody else, all of it wilting the Flower. If Fleury sits tonight, a lot of his most vocal supporters among the veterans — Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, and more —– are going to be either moderately confused or sorely hissed off.

'Do what you need to do': Matt Murray ready for Game 7

  'Do what you need to do': Matt Murray ready for Game 7 Matt Murray has been through two Game 7s in his NHL career, and the experiences were quite different. For his first, in the Eastern Conference final last season, Murray stopped 16 of 17 shots as the Penguins beat the Lightning, 2-1, to advance to the Stanley Cup final.His second was two weeks ago against Washington. Murray watched from the bench as Marc-Andre Fleury led the Penguins to a 2-0 victory.Murray will be back in the net for his third career Game 7 Thursday night against Ottawa, as he and the Penguins once again face a do-or-die game with a trip to the Stanley Cup final on the line.

The Penguins could turn to Marc - Andre Fleury in net after rookie goalie Matt Murray allowed three goals on 19 shots in Game 5. (John Even after allowing three goals on 19 shots in Pittsburgh’s Game 5 loss at Verizon Center, Murray still had wins in 13 of his past 15 starts , ranked fourth in this

Goaltender Marc - Andre Fleury is expected to start for the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Nationwide Arena on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN360, TVAS2, FS-O Fleury has allowed one goal in each of his two starts this series.

And that’s no way to play playoff hockey, in this view.

“I think all the guys are supportive of each other, especially when it’s your goaltender,” Crosby reminded. “I think everyone knows that we didn’t give him a lot of help. So I’m sure there’s more than one guy saying, hey, you know what, it’s on us, and we’ve got to be better in front of you. Just like everyone else, he’ll turn the page, and we will as a group and make sure we’re better.”

That’s what this team likes to call the right way to play. Starting Fleury, albeit with a slighter shorter leash, happens to be the right way to coach this situation.

Gene Collier: and Twitter @genecollier.

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