Penguins knot series with 3-2 win over Senators

  • Penguins knot series with 3-2 win over Senators

Penguins knot series with 3-2 win over Senators

Both goalies skated Friday morning at the University of Ottawa's Minto Sports Complex.

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan kept the identity of his goalie quiet before finally revealing it on Friday. "I think seeing the way we played, hopefully that's something we can build off of". Team let Fleury down in game 3.

Murray had a.923 save percentage in the regular season and a.923 mark en route to the Cup last spring. He has changed his tune now, but he did play the underdog card in the last series against the New York Rangers and, this time, he has just talked about the fact that he has nothing but respect for the Penguins.

"It's not going to go 16 games in a row perfectly", said Fleury, smiling plenty during his media availability post-practice.

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.

Whether that continues will likely determine whether the Sens reach their first Cup final in a decade or the Pens go back a second straight year. He delivered with 24 saves on 26 shots as the Senators were held to two goals just a couple of days after racking up four in the first period.

The Thunder Bay, Ont., native hasn't started since April 6 - a stretch of six weeks - when he surrendered four goals in a win over New Jersey. “Either way, I have to be ready. I forgot who came out in the lane, but he did a good job. "I know our line's been trying to play pretty simple and I think that's been beneficial for us". Penguins C Evgeni Malkin played his 140th playoff game, tying him with former Penguins star Jaromir Jagr for the franchise lead.

This one is going at least six games, and that's if one of the teams can win two in row for the first time. The one thought from those who knew Crosby best was to never bet against him in a big moment.

The cloudy goaltending situation has overshadowed another troubling trend that has nothing to do with who is in net.

Anderson finished with 25 saves.

Ottawa usually wins games by one or two goals but they came into Wednesday's contest knowing they had to create more offense, after failing to register a shot on goal for nearly 19 minutes in a game two loss on Monday.

Coach Guy Boucher isn't anxious the Senators aren't being given much credit. Now Mike Sullivan is hoping Murray can stop the bleeding and that Game 5 Sunday in Pittsburgh isn't an elimination contest. They need to show they are alive, much like they did after a deflating Game 6 loss to the Capitals. I think they're committed to the thankless jobs like winning puck battles and retrievals, getting to the net when we're shooting. Rookie Jake Guentzels nine playoff goals are tied for the league lead but he hasnt broken through against Ottawa.

The Senators' scoreless run on power plays continued.

"It's so tight", Predators coach Peter Laviolette said after a one-goal win over Anaheim earlier this week.

“Were guilty of a bad start, but I think, as far as the goal scoring, I think, just keep going here, and well get the results we want, ” Crosby said.

The other challenge heading into Game 4 is that Crosby probably will see another steady dose of standout defenseman Erik Karlsson because Senators coach Guy Boucher has more control over matchups at home. "We've got to be playing on our toes".

Also out Friday night for the Penguins will be defenseman Justin Schultz (upper-body injury) and forwards Bryan Rust (upper body), Patric Hornqvist (upper body) and Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body).