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Last season, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final, Murray had a mediocre outing after being only so-so through the first three games against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The series is now tied 2-2.

Matt Murray stopped 24 shots in his first start of the postseason as the Pittsburgh Penguins juggled their roster and beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in game four of their National Hockey League playoff series.

Ottawa's late push, which saw Tom Pyatt make it 3-2 with five minutes left, ultimately fell short.

Crosby had a goal and an assist, Dumoulin scored once and defenseman Olli Matta scored for the injury-plagued Penguins, who got the competitive juices flowing early in the game in front of Murray.

We'll touch on Pittsburgh's goaltending situation in a second, but Craig Anderson and the Ottawa defense has really shut down this lethal Penguins team. The Penguins had been trying to protect the lead and that got the Senators to within striking distance.

He chose those last words carefully - "we made it for Game 4" - because things can change. The Senators stretched their slump to 0-for-25 in the last nine games when they went 0-for-4 with the man-advantage - including one in the final minute.

Down 2-1 in the series, the Penguins are looking to rebound in Ottawa before returning to home ice for Game 5 on Sunday.

"Marc was a professional like he always is". "You can only stick to your game plan and hope for the best and try to maintain in your discipline in your game plan and your mentality". They're a really good team, they won it a year ago and we know we're going to be as close to our best as we possibly can. Schultz had taken over the responsibility of being the primary puck mover, quarterbacking the power play while delivering on the two-way promise he flirted with but never showcased with any consistency during three-plus years in Edmonton.

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The Senators were down 3-1 after the second after MacArthur's third of the playoffs with 1:38 left in the period allowed the club to get on the board.

The goal brought some life into the building because it hadn't been pretty until then.

This was all an epic breakdown by more than a few defenseman that led to Ottawa grabbing a 2-1 series lead. They're a team that's been through it. Kyle Turris added one more to the 5-0 late in the second period and with incredible work by Craig Anderson in goal as well, the Sens pulled off a 5-1 win in Game 3, leading the series 2-1.

The game ended in chaos with the Senators buzzing the Penguins' net in the final 30 seconds of regulation.

Ottawa had mostly neutralized the high-powered Penguins in the first three games, holding them to just three goals - a mark they equaled in less than 32 minutes of Game 4. Ottawa had four power plays Friday night and only generated five shots on goal. At the end there, we hit the post. It's the ninth time in these playoffs the Senators have given up the opening goal.

Karlsson wasn't happy because he had been slashed only seconds earlier with no call. We gotta start with that and it will eventually come.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who's been impressive through Pittsburgh's playoff run, was chased from Game 3 after allowing the four first-period goals.

Crosby says the gauntlet the Penguins have run this spring - getting routinely outshot by Washington, watching his close friend Marc-Andre Fleury get pulled due to a poor team effort, seeing injuries (his own included) stack like Legos - has given him fresh appreciation for just how hard it is to repeat in this angry, fluky sport.