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Penguins knot series with 3-2 win over Senators

Penguins knot series with 3-2 win over Senators

They had fallen behind in the series and had only three goals through its first three games. The teams will return to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Sunday at 3 p.m. Three goals in three games; injuries aplenty; a 2-1 series deficit.

Now, with the Penguins down 2-1 in the Eastern Conference finals to the Ottawa Senators, there is doubt about who will start in goal in Game 4 - Fleury or Matt Murray. The Penguins had been trying to protect the lead and that got the Senators to within striking distance.

Losing Schultz has impacted the power play, which is mired in a 1-for-14 slump, and forced Sullivan to shuffle his defensive pairings.

Where the Penguins owe Fleury a debt of gratitude for performing at peak level in the playoffs, they owed it to themselves to play the best goalie in Game 4.

"There's just no bad skaters really anymore", he said.

"These guys are both competitors", Sullivan said, per ESPN.com. "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. We knew they were going to push", Turris said. "We kept things light this morning".

Penguins goaltender Matt Murray took over for Marc-André Fleury.




The goal brought some life into the building because it hadn't been pretty until then. Dumoulin scored at 11:30, the result of a deflected shot off the skate of Ottawa's Dion Phaneuf. The Senators' faithful weren't happy with their club's effort and they had right to be upset - this wasn't what anybody expected with so much on the line. The trio of Malkin, Crosby and Phil Kessel has combined for five points (three goals, two assists) in this series for Pittsburgh, which scored an NHL-best 3.39 goals per contest in the regular season before marginally upping the ante over the first two rounds of the playoffs (3.42). Left alone down low in front of the Ottawa net, Crosby got a couple of chances to beat Anderson on the glove side.

The Senators made a game of it, reducing Pittsburgh's lead to just one goal late in the third period.

Just about everything went wrong in the first period for the Penguins on Monday. His third goal of the playoffs was the Sens' first of the night.

Karlsson wasn't happy because he had been slashed only seconds earlier with no call. Had he not gotten hurt, Murray would have been the starter the whole way.

Murray, who suffered a lower-body injury during warm-ups before the opening game of their opening round National Hockey League playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, finally returning to the Penguins line-up as a back-up to Marc-Andre Fleury at the end of their second-round series against the Washington Capitals.

The Penguins can not afford another game like the one they played Wednesday night. "That's been a hard decision for this coaching staff all year long, and as I said (Thursday) it's a good difficult decision to have because we have two guys that are as capable as they are".

One might think after Wednesday's decisive 5-1 victory by the Senators - including three goals in a 2:18 span - there would be no more talk of how "boring" the Senators are, but players themselves happily mention it, nearly as if revelling in the condemnation.


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