Sullivan declined to elaborate on his decision shortly after announcing it hours before game-time, but Murray kept justifying it with his play in the first half of an opening period that saw the Sens - wearing small Canadian flags on their helmets - mostly in control.
And into the crease, too.
There is no more controversial topic in hockey today than the Pittsburgh Penguins' decision to start Matt Murray over Marc-Andre Fleury tonight.
Instead of flying home on the brink of elimination, the Penguins appear to have their Stanley Cup-winning mojo back heading into Sunday's Game 5.
MacArthur admitted Ottawa didn't deserve to win Game 4 but "at the same time, we know we're still OK here". The game kicks off at 8:00 PM EST and NBCSN (US) will doing the national TV coverage while the game can also be watched online live on FuboTV. The goalie made maybe his best stop on Derick Brassard's backhander, kicking the shot away with his right pad.
Streit was making his playoff debut for the increasingly battered Pens, who lost Justin Schultz and Bryan Rust to upper-body injuries in Game 2. "So I do think that when they have success, it certainly helps their overall game from a confidence standpoint". "We just have to play the same way".
How it happened: Crosby scored and assisted on the first two goals to help the Penguins jump out to a crucial early lead against a team that is especially stingy when it's protecting a lead.
Senators coach Guy Boucher gave full credit to the Penguins for their effort and didn't feel the change in goal had any real effect on Ottawa. The defense-first mentality has been music to the ears of veteran goaltender Craig Anderson, who has turned aside 117 of 122 shots in his last four games and resides one playoff win shy of tying Patrick Lalime (21) for the most in franchise history. Crosby said he was trying to be as big a target as possible and make sure that Jake Guentzel's seam pass didn't slip through.
When mom Tiffany Orr noticed her daughter tear up at the beginning of the Penguins-Senators game, it didn't take long to figure out why.
Brian Dumoulin, Penguins - The game-winning goal proved to be off the stick of Dumoulin.
Fleury has posted a record of 9-6 in these playoffs with a goals against average of 2.56 and a save percentage of.924.
Senators head coach Guy Boucher sensed increased desperation from the Penguins, which he said, was to be expected.
Crosby's goal in Wednesday's 5-1 loss was his first since scoring twice in Game 1 against the Washington Capitals on April 27. Pittsburgh seemed to find more speed, got more shots in tight and capitalized on opportunities around the net.
"They were the better team tonight for two periods and they deserved the game", he said. In Friday's loss, the Senators went 0-for-4 and looked as disorganized with the man advantage as they have all season. The unit hasn't scored even one in the last nine games, going 0-25.
"Every line, every pair, we just competed really hard, and we put pucks behind them".
"It's just a little frustrating right now", Karlsson said. "You can call it because of the style or the way we play or whatever it is, but just a resilient group that wants to get it done in the third period most nights".
The Ottawa power play, despite chances, again proved futile, at times so much so that the crowd loudly booed the final moments.
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, has another injury to deal with on the back-end after Chad Ruhwedel suffered a concussion. Pittsburgh defenseman Ian Cole immediately crashed in and took down Ryan, earning a penalty.