It was Murray's first game since April 6, which was also his last start prior to suffering a lower-body injury that kept him out until his recent return as Fleury's backup.
Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan announced that Murray, who's only appearance this postseason was coming in relief of Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 3, will be between the pipes as Pittsburgh tries to avoid going down 3-1 in their series against the Senators on Friday night. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan made the hard decision to turn back to Murray, the 22-year-old rookie who played so well during the Stanley Cup run last season. The series was knotted at two and the Penguins were coming off a 4-3 defeat.
"They were the better team tonight for two periods and they deserved the game", Senators coach Guy Boucher said.
It could have been uncomfortable situation with Murray, but Fleury made sure it wasn't.
"We are going to stick to our game plan", Pittsburgh defenceman Ron Hainsey told reporters after the club's skate at the University of Ottawa. "I think we did an all-around good job tonight". "We scored some goals". We just kept things light this morning when we were at morning skate, and I think that helped me a lot with keeping the nerves down and stuff like that.
"I saw a lot of urgency on the part of the opponent, which was to be expected". They both want to be in the net. "He made some timely saves for us when we needed it, and I thought he was solid". Their defense is battered and was porous in Game 3. "That's the choice we made". It's likely Murray's net to lose now, but the Penguins won't forget Fleury's role in this if they go on to win the Cup again.
"He made a really big save early on with his leg save when the guy kind of went around him after a rebound and I think right after that our team went into the offensive side and really played at the puck and gave us that momentum", teammate Chris Kunitz said. "They're doing a good job in controlling our breakouts and when we get it we don't really get the opportunities that we want".