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Penguins' Fleury game-time decision for Game 3

Goalie has missed past seven games, including first two against Rangers in Eastern Conference First Round

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said Monday he is frustrated with the pace of his recovery from a concussion.

He has been out since March 31.

Fleury skated in each practice over the past week but remains day-to-day after missing seven games, including Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the New York Rangers.

He will be a game-time decision for Game 3 on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m. ET; USA, ROOT, MSG, SN, TVA Sports).

The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1.

"To me, it's frustrating to just not play and still be talking about it," Fleury said. "It's tough, you know? It feels like forever."

Jeff Zatkoff has started the first two playoff games against the Rangers. He has a 3.08 goals-against average and .908 save percentage.

"I'm not concerned about [Zatkoff] being in goal," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "He's played goal for this team all year and his numbers have been very admirable. So, we feel as though we have three goaltenders that are pretty good, that give us a chance to win."

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After practicing for two days before Game 1, Fleury said he wasn't satisfied with his reaction time, rebound control and ability to track the puck. He said Monday he has seen improvement in those areas.

"That's fine now," Fleury said. "It's good to have the time to spend with the guys. Just get the timing back and I feel fine with that now."

Rookie goalie Matt Murray practiced Monday for the first time since sustaining an upper-body injury against the Philadelphia Flyers on April 9. He remains day-to-day with no timetable for his return, according to Sullivan.

"It feels good. I've been skating on my own for a little bit, so it's always nice to get out there with everybody," Murray said. "You can never replicate the speed or the intensity when you're by yourself, so it's a good feeling, for sure … I'm progressing the way I want to.

"As a player, you always want to be on the ice and you want to be making a difference for your team. I've been up in the press box watching, and you get pretty fired up even up there in the press box. So, obviously I want to be in the game and I want to be making a difference out there."

Murray, 21, who is 9-2-1 with a 2.00 GAA and .930 SV%, went 4-0-0 after Fleury sustained his second concussion of the season. He stopped all 11 shots faced against the Flyers in the regular-season finale before being hit in the head by Philadelphia forward Brayden Schenn late in the first period.

Murray said he was not concerned he had a concussion after the incident.

"I wasn't really thinking much, to be honest," Murray said. "I just knew I wanted to be careful with it. … I was just kind of being honest with myself about how I felt and if I could come back, and it just wasn't worth it to come back."

Zatkoff had 22 saves in relief of Murray in the 3-1 loss to the Flyers to end the regular season. He had 35 saves in his NHL postseason debut in the 5-2 win in Game 1 against the Rangers on April 13. Zatkoff had 24 saves in the 4-2 loss in Game 2 on Saturday.

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