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.

NHL Playoffs . Facing a 3-1 deficit with a loss on Friday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins are turning back to Matt Murray in goal . Before the puck even dropped for their first playoff game , the Pittsburgh Penguins lost their primary goaltender.

Penguins start Murray in goal for Game 4 . Goalie Matt Murray starts for Penguins in Game 4 vs. Senators. Senior NHL writer for ESPN The Magazine. Wrote for Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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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.

Stanley Cup playoffs: Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel suffers concussion on big hit from Bobby Ryan

  Stanley Cup playoffs: Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel suffers concussion on big hit from Bobby Ryan An already thin Penguins roster suffered another injury Friday, when defenseman Chad Ruhwedel exited late in the first period and never returned in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals after taking elbow to the face on a big hit from Senators winger Bobby Ryan. Ruhwedel remained down on the ice in pain while a scrum ensued along the boards. His Pittsburgh teammates thought Ryan left his feet and went elbow-first into Ruhwedel's head.Penguins coach Mike Sullivan told reporters after Pittsburgh's 3-2 win that Ruhwedel suffered a concussion. The defenseman will be re-evaluated when the club returns to Pittsburgh.

Playoffs Scores News video Stats Schedule Players NHL .TV App Tickets Fantasy Shop Teams EN. TAMPA -- Goalie Matt Murray will start for the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Playoffs Scores News video Stats Schedule Players NHL .TV App Tickets Fantasy Shop Teams EN. OTTAWA -- Goaltender Matt Murray will start for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN

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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