After splitting the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals in Pittsburgh, the Ottawa Senators were back on the ice in Kanata for Game 3 Wednesday night.
Whatever the decision, Penguins fans are hoping for a better team performance Friday night and a tied series heading back to Pittsburgh. Wingers Patric Hornqvist and Bryan Rust and defenceman Justin Schultz all have upper-body injuries and are day-to-day, coach Mike Sullivan said.
"It's a tight series, and we grabbed a win on the road", defenseman Marc Methot said Tuesday. "He makes those decisions, but we know, based on last game, that we didn't help our goalie much and we didn't want to do the same thing".
"I've played it lots out of curiosity and trying to run up the votes for us", said Lowe, who won the Cup five times with the Oilers and again with the '94 Rangers.
Will the Pittsburgh Penguins find a way to even up the series when they meet up with the Ottawa Senators tonight at 8PM ET in Game 4? So, I think just make sure we're hungry. He had a.924 save percentage in 15 playoff starts this spring.
Last season, Sullivan turned to Fleury for Game 5 after Murray laid an egg in Game 4 versus the Tampa Bay Lightning.
But spare a thought for Fleury, who has always been one of the better soldiers in the National Hockey League. 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. "It was nice to get off to a good start and get the crowd into it". "Like shoot the net, like play more offensive zone".
Murray was a revelation past year as he helped lead the Penguins to a Stanley Cup, but is this an overreaction to be being utterly and thoroughly outcoached? The older Penguins, especially - Sid and Co. - really love him. The Penguins have scored just one goal in each of their last five games versus Ottawa dating to the regular season.
Pittsburgh jumped in front in the 19th minute on an innocent-looking Olli Maatta shot set up by Crosby, who had an urgency to his game that was lacking in Games 1-3. "I think me and (Sidney Crosby) always feel pressure every game". We've hit some posts and had some good looks.
"It's not going to go 16 games in a row perfectly", said Fleury, smiling plenty during his media availability post-practice. All I worry about is how I play and how I can go out there and how I can affect the game and help our team win. "I put that one behind already and I'll be ready to go".
And then Sullivan chose Murray, and it felt like something was amiss. They are surprising a lot of people with a 10-5 record in the playoffs but not themselves.
Matt Murray is the Penguins number one goaltender. Neither was made available to the press.
Sullivan was asked, "Did you give Fleury an explanation for the change?" I thought he was tracking the puck extremely well. We make it hard for you to come through.
It's not too complicated, really. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was shelled and replaced with Matt Murray. But Murray is the future, and. well, it was likely the right move.