For as long as the Penguins are alive in the post-season, there’s going to be a spotlight on their crease as rookie Matt Murray continues to perform like the goaltender of the future while Marc-Andre Fleury, a Stanley Cup winner several seasons ago, sits on the bench. But Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan is doing his best to keep the chatter about a controversy to a minimum.
Murray had one of his worst games of the post-season in Game 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, allowing three goals on 20 shots in roughly 58 minutes of work. And even though it’s the second time in his past three outings Murray has allowed three goals in 20 or fewer shots, that hasn’t stopped Sullivan from having faith in the 21-year-old. On the eve of Game 2, Sullivan said matter-of-factly that Murray will get the call Monday night.
“What I see in him is what you see right now,” Sullivan said. “He has a maturity level beyond his years. I think he responds to adversity extremely well. He has a really good work ethic and preparation process that he puts himself in a position to be successful, and he’s a very good goalie. He’s made timely saves throughout the course of this Playoffs and leading up to the Playoffs that have given our team a chance to win.”