Also, past year Murray had to make more pure saves/game vs. Washington in 2016 than Fleury did vs WSH in 2017 so I don't see it as an automatic, argument-clinching point that Pittsburgh was some sort of juggernaut last season defensively, or that Murray had some super-easy path to success.
Murray may have come in and played well Wednesday night, but Fleury has been excellent for more than four weeks at this point. "Not the ideal circumstances by any means, but it felt good to try and shake some rust off a little bit".
For those warming up their vocal chords for a repeat performance in Game 4 Friday, well, it could be either Murray (as in Matt) or Fleury (as in Marc-Andre) in the Penguins crease. And from there, the Senators were on their way. Kyle Turris' goal early in the third period was the only blemish.
"They're terrific goalies, and we're fortunate that we have these guys as part of our team", Sullivan said. We just have to make sure we're hungry, keep putting pucks and guys (at the front of the net).
The Pittsburgh Penguins forward played the hero's role Monday night in the Pens' 1-0 win over the Ottawa Senators, a win the Penguins had to have in order to avoid losing the series' first two games at home.
If he's unable to help the team even up the series in Game 4, though, it would be shocking if Murray didn't take the ice for Game 5. I definitely felt like I hadn't played in about four weeks. "We're workers here. We don't decide which system is put in place".
"And I think if it wasn't playoffs and you're not anxious about taking an extra penalty, I think there'd be a little more effect to pay".
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The Pittsburgh Penguins must have had some trouble traveling to play on the road against the Ottawa Senators, as they fell behind 4-0 early in the first period of Game 3. "I think we have to be ready right from the start of the puck and we simply have to be better". We've hit some posts, we've got some looks.
After taking some criticism for their so-called "boring" style of play, the Senators opened Game 3 with a bang, with Mike Hoffman scoring 43 seconds into the first period. You don't really give your team a chance in the game. He came up with some timely stops where if any one of those goes in, maybe we're talking about a different result.
"We've done a better job of transitioning", said Boucher.
Just because Fleury's the over-riding reason the Pens have gotten to this point, is that reason enough that he deserves to get another start to bounce back and carry on? "Obviously, it's an emotional game, there's ups and downs, and we found a way", said Kessel. "Just in front of our fans, I think we've got a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of energy".
The Penguins could not get their speed game going. One game doesn't tell the tale of his post-season. You have probably heard that word thrown around a lot lately, what with the creeping, exploding absurdities of the world these days. Scoring three in two minutes and 18 seconds, the Sens smashed the previous record of four minutes from Game 1 of a second-round series against Toronto in 2002.
It was the second goal of the playoffs for Methot, who went scoreless in 68 games during the regular season. A little later, defenceman Justin Schultz appeared to hurt his right arm or shoulder going into the end boards behind the Penguins net.
Pittsburgh had 5:50 of power-play time in the first, including 45 seconds of 5-on-3 play, but it was Ottawa that scored first.
Chad Ruhwedel and Ron Hainsey are playing in their first playoffs and although they're quality defensemen, they aren't the elite players that the Penguins are trying to replace.