It'll Be Matt Murray

May 22, 2017, 15:29

Nashville Predators defenseman Matt Irwin (52) reaches to block a shot by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) as goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, guards the net during the third period in Game 3 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Chad Ruhwedel suffered a concussion in Friday's 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals in Ottawa, according to Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan.

Sullivan doesnt plan on naming a starter until after his teams skate on Friday morning.

Having two Stanley Cup-winning goalies doesn't make the decision any easier on whom to start.

Murray was a revelation previous year as he helped lead the Penguins to a Stanley Cup, but is this an overreaction to be being utterly and thoroughly outcoached? The Penguins seem to find ways to win when they need to the most, and they simply can't afford to go down 2-3 and put themselves in a must-win back in Ottawa. "And I said yesterday, it's a good hard decision to have because we have two guys that are as capable as they are, and both of these guys have helped this team win all year long, and they're both high quality people and they're high quality goaltenders". The Pens made Vezina trophy finalists Sergei Bobrovsky and Braden Holtby look average at best in the first two rounds of these playoffs, but haven't been able to figure out Anderson. Thats how I kind of, like, look at it. "I'm not going to elaborate on the coaches' decision". "I think he's a little hesitant".

Crosby has another crucial moment coming up in Game 4, with the Penguins' repeat hopes moving closer to extinction as they trail in a series for the first time all postseason. Lee says he's doesn't know what the NHL's conditions are "but whatever they ask - if it is acceptable for us - we will do our best". "I'd hate to be one of the top guys".

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The cloudy goaltending situation has overshadowed another troubling trend that has nothing to do with who is in net. "Give them some credit", said Senators goalie Craig Anderson, who made 32 saves. Brian Dumoulin would later increase the Penguins lead to three. Compare that to the first meeting between the teams this year when Pittsburgh won 8-5 shootout in November. "So that was to be expected", said Senators coach Guy Boucher. The Penguins eventually went on to lose by a score of 5-1, with frustration brewing in the locker room after the game. “Like shoot the net, like play more offensive zone. Boucher thought his group, which had held the highest scoring team in the regular season to three goals in the first three games, was lacking that same pep and sharpness.

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The Penguins recorded seven shots on their two power plays, while the Senators recorded five on four power plays.

"To duplicate (Game 3) is going to be hard, but we've got to have the same mindset, dedication and focus to start the game", Karlsson said before the game. Ottawa had four power plays Friday night and only generated five shots on goal.

Murray believed his undisclosed lower-body injury would keep him out of the lineup longer than it did and said he felt no signs of rust in his long-awaited return. Kris Letang and Justin Schultz create offense from the blue line, but without them, the Pens' defensemen look exhausted and worn out.