Fleury or Murray? Sullivan keeps quiet on goalie situation

Fleury or Murray? Sullivan keeps quiet on goalie situation

The trio of Malkin, Crosby and Phil Kessel has combined for five points (three goals, two assists) in this series for Pittsburgh, which scored an NHL-best 3.39 goals per contest in the regular season before marginally upping the ante over the first two rounds of the playoffs (3.42).

Olli Maatta and Brian Dumoulin - Pittsburgh's blueliners both scored goals in Game Four at Ottawa, Maatta was also on the ice for both goals against in the Penguins' 3-2 win, and Dumoulin was on the wrong side of the puck (14 for, 21 against, 40.0 CF%, 8-12 scoring chances). The Ottawa Senators' style of play has caused the Penguins to slow down their game drastically, which is leading to less chances off the rush. Better change the goalie.

It's a pretty hard call for Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan, who has to go with the guy who was great for him last postseason and during the regular season, or the guy who has been great for him through much of this postseason and is a huge reason why they're still playing right now. "Whoever is not playing does his best to support the other guy", Murray said. We know how Pittsburgh responded to that game, and they'll need to do something similar for Game 4 on Friday.

The victory evened the Eastern Conference Final at 2-2, with Game 4 set for Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh. "Just try and play with the flow of the game and kind of let yourself get lost in the game a little bit". He had not previously played during the postseason after re-aggravating a lower-body injury during warm-ups before Pittsburgh's playoff opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Senators have now won four of their last five meetings with the Penguins. It turned out to be a mistake starting Murray. Fleury, who backed up Murray during the regular season, played extremely well and was credited with carrying the team at times. They both want to be in the net.

The Philadelphia series in 2012 was a disaster, and it ended with Fleury and Kris Letang sitting next to another in full gear in the Philly visitors dressing room, with Letang speaking quietly in French to his devastated teammate and friend.

Mike Hoffman got the ball rolling in the first minute, taking a rebound off the back boards and banking it in past Marc-Andre Fleury.

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Penguins are the favorite on the road, as they are getting odds of -115 to win.

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The victory lifted them above Liverpool to third in the Premier League with just Sunday's trip to Watford to come. At Manchester , it was pretty much a ideal night for Manchester City . "We go to London to win the game".

Marc-Andre Fleury recorded shutouts in two of his past four games, which ties him for the Stanley Cup playoffs lead.

Fleury never complained. He stayed positive. And more recently, Pittsburgh hasn't possessed the proper energy level or desire needed in a playoff game. He had, according to sharp observers, a terrific practice.

"I think I'd be lying to you if I told you I would have bet the house on it, but, no, we're a confident group", Senators defenseman Chris Wideman said.

"I don't want to make this about myself", Fleury said after the game. Whether it was brilliant game planning by Guy Boucher or just how things worked out, it has been near flawless for the Senators so far. "I put that one behind (me) already and I'll be ready to go".

And then Sullivan chose Murray, and it felt like something was amiss.

Fleury, the winningest goaltender in franchise history, is 4-1 after a loss during the playoffs and was the primary reason the Penguins were able to oust the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals for the second straight season and the ninth time in 10 postseason meetings.

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