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Murray takes stick to face

PIT@WSH: Murray takes stick to face, leaves game

Matt Murray loses his mask during play and gets hit in the face by a flailing stick, forcing him to leave the game early

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Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury replaced Matt Murray late in the first period of a 7-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday after Murray had his helmet knocked off.

Fleury replaced Murray with 24 seconds left in the first period after Murray lost his helmet in a collision with teammate Evgeni Malkin.

"I'm fine, so it's easy to laugh off now," Murray said of being hit in the face with Malkin's stick.

Fleury allowed a goal to T.J. Oshie with eight seconds left in the period that gave Washington a 3-0 lead. Fleury started the second period, with Murray on the Penguins bench.

"I'm fine. I had to go through the (concussion) protocol, which I think is a little bit unnecessary," Murray said after the game. "I think I was fine. They took me off for the hit that knocked my helmet off. After that, it was just coach's decision to keep me out."

Murray made 12 saves in his fourth start in the past five games. He was 4-0-0 with a 1.25 goals-against average and .961 save percentage in four games since returning from a broken hand sustained in the World Cup of Hockey 2016.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said he chose to keep Murray out even though he was cleared to return.

"I just thought it made sense for a lot of reasons," Sullivan said. "I just thought it made sense."

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