The Senators scored 48 seconds into the game and chased Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury with four goals on nine shots en route to a convincing 5-1 victory over the Penguins at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday.
Sullivan: "Very difficult. That's been a hard decision for this coaching staff all year long. We try to make the best decisions that we think give our team the best chance to win, and we go from there". Both of these guys have helped this team win all year long. All that is truly clear through three games of the series is this: Both these teams have gotten this far despite discernible, exploitable weaknesses, and when they are located either team can find itself playing uphill all night. So we never take these decisions lightly.
If the Penguins have any hope of winning this series now, it's time for Sullivan to cash out his chips while he's ahead and go back to Murray for Game 4.
"Marc was a professional like he always is", Sullivan said.
"I think, when it's not going in for you, you've just got to keep it simple and make sure you keep getting pucks to the net, keep getting guys there, and make sure we're competing in and around the net". "It's not like the old days where I don't want to say they didn't key on the top players, but you're keying on the top players now". They're a really good team, they won it past year and we know we're going to be as close to our best as we possibly can. I think he can shake off the really bad game and bounce back.
"It's not going to go 16 games in a row perfectly", said Fleury, smiling plenty during his media availability post-practice.
"I think our five-on-five game was clear", Boucher said.
Kunitz: "It's not my job to put people out on the ice. I mean, you still have to fight and you still have to earn your space and get loose pucks and win a battle in the corner and fight for a puck and we didn't have enough of that". We know what Murray has done in the past, he's risen to the occasion.More news: Usmanov bid to buy Arsenal rejected by Kroenke
Already I can hear the cries of "unfair!"
So when Game 3, in Canada's capital, started Wednesday night I was fully expecting to receive another dose of ho-hum hockey.
Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan kept the identity of his goalie quiet before finally revealing it on Friday. And we said it when Crosby missed almost all of two games with a concussion against Washington. "They've both shown they can do it in the past, so whoever is shutting the door for us it's not a big deal for us". "So to come out in the first period and not bring the necessary conviction that we need to be effective is disappointing". "We believe in ourselves to the fullest extent".
Daley: "We don't want to let that happen again".
Wilson: "Obviously the start's huge". "After the game, we were fine". Add in the fact that he had a pretty bad regular season, and the odds seemed good that, despite a nice run here over the past month or so, we'd see the real 2017 Fleury emerge.
Hainsey: "Four-nothing is certainly not the way to go about it".
The waters smoothed a little after that - though the Pens struggled to get any good looks on Anderson - and then Ottawa struck for the fastest three goals in team playoff history.