Sens' Alex Burrows sidelined by injury in Game 4

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Better change the goalie.

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan kept the identity of his goalie quiet before finally revealing it on Friday. "I'm not going to elaborate on the coaches' decision". 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". We never take these decisions lightly. Trying to play the game the right way, trying to take what the game gives you.

As Ryan notes, that's not a bad thing at this time of year.

Last season, Sullivan turned to Fleury for Game 5 after Murray laid an egg in Game 4 versus the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The decision to start Murray came as a surprise. "We have skill in the room, we have grit in the room, we can play all aspects of the game if we need to but we have to go out there and understand how important it is, how urgent it is to get off to a good start". He was stabilized by goaltending coach Mike Bales, who reined in Fleury's more extravagant displays of athleticism, which sometimes got him in trouble.

The 22-year-old Murray took over from Fleury during the Penguins' postseason drive last spring, ultimately winning the Stanley Cup as the team's No. 1 despite having never played a full National Hockey League season. The older Penguins, especially - Sid and Co. - really love him. "We'll see how it goes". Five more and the 2007 record of 51 one-goal games will fall. Marc-Andre Fleury was pulled after allowing four goals on nine shots.

"But they're competitors. I understand". "I think we did an all-around good job tonight". "Just like everyone else, he'll turn the page, and we will as a group and make sure we're better".

No wonder after Thursday's Penguins practice at the University of Ottawa rink Crosby was drilled with question after question about what his team was going to do about its lack of scoring.

Game 4 was an opportunity missed nonetheless. "I really appreciated the confidence that he put in me".

And then Sullivan chose Murray, and it felt like something was amiss. He was in one net and Murray in another, and eventually Murray gave way to third-stringer Tristan Jarry, which some observers thought meant he was not the No. 1. They are surprising a lot of people with a 10-5 record in the playoffs but not themselves.

Murray will make his first start for the Penguins since April 6 against the New Jersey Devils. Neither was made available to the press.

The Pens are already without No. 1 defender Kris Letang for the season and have played the last two games without Justin Schultz, who led the defence with 51 points during the regular season. "I think it's been a full team buy-in, full team effort by whoever's on the ice", the 27-year-old Wideman said Thursday.

It's not too complicated, really.

There was much debate about who the Penguins would start for this game considering how well Marc-Andre Fleury had played the past five and a half weeks. But Murray is the future, and. well, it was likely the right move. In last years' playoffs, Murray had a similar save percentage of.923.

Fleury has been mostly sensational throughout the playoffs, including a shutout of Ottawa in Game 2.



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