Matt Murray: Matt Murray gives up 2 goals in GM 4 win

Sidney Crosby celebrates playoff goal

Sidney Crosby celebrates playoff goal

Pittsburgh seemed to find more speed, got more shots in tight and capitalized on opportunities around the net. Maatta's goal was the first from a Penguins defenseman since Game 4 of the second round.

Murray replaced Marc-Andre Fleury in the first period of a one-sided defeat on Wednesday after the latter allowed four goals on nine shots.

"Each time I've gotten hurt, I've come back stronger and that's all you can do", Murray said Thursday after practice at the University of Ottawa.

If some were surprised by the announcement, they were just as surprised by the result: a dominating 3-2 victory for the Penguins to tie this best-of-seven series at two games each. And if Ottawa has three games to close out the Eastern Conference final, there's a good chance they manage to do so.So, Sullivan has to choose wisely. We never take these decisions lightly. "Both of these guys handle the decisions we make extremely professional", Sullivan said. So it was a great play by Sid. These guys are both competitors. Fleury has always been the other No. 1 pick on a team with Crosby and Malkin, and while he was in net when they won a Cup in 2009, he has endured the ignominy of many a post-season. "As we always say to them, these guys are both competitors".

It will be Matt Murray between the pipes when the Penguins and Ottawa Senators meet in the crucial Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

It's no secret that the Penguins have been decimated by injuries this season.

Those are not typical Penguins numbers, and that goes for when Sidney Crosby and Co. are matched up against formidable defensive teams.

Also out Friday night for the Penguins will be defenseman Justin Schultz (upper-body injury) and forwards Bryan Rust (upper body), Patric Hornqvist (upper body) and Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body). All three skated on Friday but will not be available for the game.

Those in the game have a couple of theories as to why it has become much harder for Crosby to score as these playoffs have progressed. Crosby set up the play. The Senators' power play is operating at 11.5 percent this postseason, which is the worst of the four teams remaining. You certainly take that for what it's worth, and you move on because Game 4 is not going to be that. Sens' D-zone composure is strangling scoring chances.

"It's just a little frustrating right now", Sens captain Erik Karlsson said. I think seeing the way we played, hopefully thats something we can build off of.”. Just sticking with it, not getting frustrated and continuing to get pucks to the net.

"All I can really do is kind of jump in and try not to think about it", Murray said.

Can the Penguins bounce back again?

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. But this has been a resilient group under Sullivan. "Last playoff, this season, it's about the team". There's been a sense with Fleury for a long time, however, that the bottom could fall out at any moment in the playoffs and we'd get a performance like the one we saw Wednesday. We just have to go out there and execute it and do our job.

Kunitz doesn't think that because his team is down the approach will change. That helped me a lot. "It doesn't matter if you play against Ottawa or Washington", the 30-year-old Russian said. "It's going to be a hard-fought series". But we're looking forward to going home and playing Pittsburgh in front of our fans.

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