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Penguins name Murray as starting goalie for Game 4 against Senators


Sidney Crosby brings the Penguins back to even in their series with Ottawa; Guentzel, Murray and more in Scott Cullen's Statistically Speaking.

The 22-year-old goaltender took over from Fleury in Game 3, after the former first-overall draft pick gave up four goals in the opening period against the normally defensive Senators.

That said, the biggest key for Pittsburgh is getting its offense back on track. It's not going to happen again.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby also added a goal and an assist in the victory, hours before which Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan talked about the need for more scoring throughout the lineup. "You look at Pittsburgh - they've got All-Stars, but all the games are just (close)".

Ottawa usually wins games by one or two goals but they came into Wednesday's contest knowing they had to create more offense, after failing to register a shot on goal for nearly 19 minutes in a game two loss on Monday. No energy. They expected another Ottawa trap game where any 50/50 puck would be conceded to the Penguins.

"You know, each time I've gotten hurt, I've come back stronger", Murray said Thursday. "This is the choice that we made for Game 4". Kyle Turris made it 5-0 late in the second period.

"I think seeing the way we played (Friday), hopefully that's something we can build off of". "We made it for Game 4".

The decision to start Murray came as a surprise. Lee says he's doesn't know what the NHL's conditions are "but whatever they ask - if it is acceptable for us - we will do our best".

"That's been a hard decision for this coaching staff all year long", Sullivan told reporters Friday morning. "We were trying to find it a little bit, we did that in the third a little bit especially, but if we had done that (early) it probably would have been a different story". The goal was MacArthur's third of the playoffs.




The Penguins pulled out to a 3-0 lead when Dumoulin's shot appeared to bounce off Dion Phaneuf's skate and beat Anderson on the glove side.

"He has not gone to the net much since the injury", he said.

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.

Yet, it wasn't all smiles for Pittsburgh, as its already thin roster saw another injury when defenseman Chad Ruhwedel exited late in the first period and never returned after taking elbow to the face on a controversial hit from Senators winger Bobby Ryan.

Senators coach Guy Boucher gave full credit to the Penguins for their effort and didn't feel the change in goal had any real effect on Ottawa. As of this writing, this year's playoffs have featured 46 one goal games. "I just think that's part of who he is, and that's what we love about him is that he's such a great team guy and he understands the importance of his game to helping this team win".

One thing that's always been true in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is that a hot goalie can carry you to the crown, so for the Penguins to have a scorching run from two separate puck-stoppers is quite a luxury. "It's time for us to take two games in a row here".

Marc-Andre Fleury has been the starter for every playoff game after Murray was injured just before Game 1 of the Columbus series. "I'll put that one behind me and be ready to go".

"We simply have to be better".

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