Twice granted last-change rights, Ottawa in Game 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference final chose to pursue an on-ice matchup between Senators star defenseman Erik Karlsson and Sidney Crosby slightly more than Penguins coach Mike Sullivan opted to try during Game 1 and 2.
That sorry record vanished at the 7:41 mark of the second period when the Penguins were on a power play courtesy of a Pageau roughing penalty on Crosby. Murray played well, allowing one goal in a game that ended 5-1.
OTTAWA, Ontario Mike Sullivan isnt any hurry to announce who will start in goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Fridays critical Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against Ottawa. Game 5 will be played in Pittsburgh on Sunday. May.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The situation looked dire. A couple of reporters sniffed it out and watched; they saw Murray leave first, and Fleury put in an extended workout. "When you lose, you're always looking to see what went wrong", said Kunitz, a three-time Cup victor.
Ottawa winger Bobby Ryan said the 5-1 victory over the defending champs in Game 3 on Wednesday will not disrupt the Senators' focus on the present.
Same as it ever was under Sullivan, who is 12-2 following a playoff loss with the Penguins.
Wilson: "I think having the two great goalies that we do, Muzz and Flower, we're always pretty confident with those guys".
Sidney Crosby is just fine.
Murray will make his first start for the Penguins since April 6 against the New Jersey Devils. The 22-year-old beat Craig Anderson for the game's first goal.
"I think I'd be lying to you if I told you I would have bet the house on it, but, no, we're a confident group", Senators defenseman Chris Wideman said.
"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. He was tabbed over Marc-Andre Fleury, who had started every playoff game for the Penguins this spring but was yanked in Game 3 after giving up four goals on the nine shots he faced.
The Senators captured Game 1 in overtime and overwhelmed the Penguins early in Game 3 of a series that hasn't exactly been the walkover it looked like after Pittsburgh dispatched Columbus and Washington in the opening two rounds. "Our focus is on what we need to do". This series is as wide open as it gets.
"I found that we fumbled a lot of pucks".
While coach Guy Boucher lamented his team's "puck fumbling" that prevented any sort of rhythm on an ineffective power play, he also knows what he's up against. "I don't feel too far off there", Borowiecki said of his conditioning level. "Both of these guys handle the decisions that we make extremely professionally". It's tough. They're a good team.
Beauty is more in the eye of the beholder when it comes to the Senators.
Burrows, who was acquired from Vancouver ahead of the trade deadline, has five assists in 15 playoff games for the Senators while averaging just over 14 minutes per game. Ottawa has compensated by ramping up physical play.
That set up a scrambling final five minutes as the Senators fought for one more goal, but it wouldn't come and the Penguins hung on. The 27-year-old was crunched into the boards on a risky hit from Bobby Ryan, one that drew a penalty only on Ian Cole, who throttled Ryan in retaliation.
"He's just so powerful", said Boucher of Crosby, a Hart trophy finalist for the second straight season.