Penguins turn to Matt Murray for Game 4 of Eastern final

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Not bad for someone who hadn't started a game since April 6 because of a lower-body injury. On Friday, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan announced that Matt Murray would start Friday's Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals in place of Marc-Andre Fleury.

It's easy to forget that Murray stepped in capably during Pittsburgh's run to the Stanley Cup a year ago, with a 2.08 goals-against average and.923 save percentage over 21 postseason starts (15 wins).

Trailing 2-1 to the Senators, if the Penguins lose this game the odds are stacked against them winning this series.

"It's not as bad as we thought", Boucher said.

Murray played the final 46:57 of Game 3 and stopped 19 of 20 shots he faced. "As I said yesterday, it's a good hard decision to have because we have two guys who are as capable as they are".

"It's not going to go 16 games in a row perfectly", said Fleury, a likely candidate to move elsewhere this summer with the expansion draft lying ahead next month.

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"I don't want to make this about myself", Fleury said after the game. He was far from the only Penguin to blame, but he didn't get a chance to redeem himself in Game 4. We won tonight. We scored some goals.

Last spring, when Murray usurped the starting job in a similar fashion, Sullivan went back to Fleury for one game during their third-round matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"He made a really big save early on with his leg save when the guy kind of went around him after a rebound and I think right after that our team went into the offensive side and really played at the puck and gave us that momentum", teammate Chris Kunitz said. "Certainly, we trust these guys, and that's why we can make these types of decisions". Their defense is battered and was porous in Game 3.

"They were the better team tonight for two periods and they deserved the game", he said. All three missed Wednesday's night game. Neither goalie was available to the media on the morning of Game 4, as is customary for Penguins goalies on gameday.

For the Penguins, it's a step in the right direction. "We don't always expect them to agree with our decisions, but we hope that they respect our decision".

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