Penguins knot series with 3-2 win over Senators


Their response? Well, LOL.

Matt Murray allowed two goals on 26 shots in Pittsburgh's 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Hoffman opened the scoring 48 seconds in, and the Senators blew it open against the sluggish Penguins a few minutes later with the fastest three goals in team playoff history. "So we use our assets and that's what works".

Sidney Crosby led the Penguins attack along with winger Jake Guentzel, while Brian Dumoulin and Olli Maatta also scored for Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh responded to its rough 5-1 loss to Ottawa in Game 3 by turning back to Matt Murray as starting goaltender.

"It was a bad start", Crosby said.

That said, the biggest key for Pittsburgh is getting its offense back on track.

The Senators chased Fleury with four goals on nine shots in the first 13 minutes of the game. The highest-scoring team during the regular season, the Pens have scored only three times through three games heading into Game 4 on Friday night.

"It takes five guys" to check Crosby, said Ottawa defender Marc Methot. "They're used to be five, six guys on each team where you're like, 'That guy can't really move out here.' He's more of a shutdown guy or crash-and-bang (type). It was a really good overall team effort". "We're workers here. We don't decide which system is put in place".

Regardless we have seen Fleury play great in these playoffs.

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"That's what we're here to do".

The 27-year-old hasn't played since Game 2 of Ottawa's first-round series against Boston. The Penguins risked angering the players in that room who love and believe in Fleury, and Fleury himself. While both goaltenders said they were unaware of who will start in Game 4, Senators coach Guy Boucher offered his own take on the Penguins' netminding situation.

Murray was a revelation a year ago as he helped lead the Penguins to a Stanley Cup, but is this an overreaction to be being utterly and thoroughly outcoached?

Apparent miscommunication between the 39-year-old Streit and Cole led to Cole throwing the puck away shortly before Brassard's goal.

Ruhwedel appeared in just 33 contests combined throughout his four seasons with the Sabres, failing to score a goal and tallying two assists. Fleury gave up 4 goals in the 1st period of Wednesday's loss before being pulled, and you had to know that despite how well he's played, the first time he had one of those MAF games, he was done now that Murray's recovered from the injury he suffered in the warmups for the first game of the playoffs.

They split time during the regular season, but Murray held a clear edge in both GAA (2.41 to 3.02) and save percentage (.923 to.909).

During an interview in London, Lee added that "so far I don't think they were so. greedy and they didn't ask too many requests beyond our expectations".

Western Conference finals: Predators at Ducks, Game 5, 7:15 p.m. ET, NBC (Series tied 2-2) - Nashville center Ryan Johansen will miss the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs after undergoing surgery on a left thigh injury, leaving the Preds without their leading scorer when they visit the Ducks needing two wins to make their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

"It's always a hard decision, but it's a good hard decision because we have two real good goalies", said Sullivan after a Thursday afternoon practice at the University of Ottawa. With puck in tow, Crosby will get low in his 200-pound frame, turn one way and then the other until he's finally escaped his foe. At one point late in the first, Dion Phaneuf levelled former Maple Leafs teammate Phil Kessel.

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