MURRAY STEALS SPOTLIGHT IN GAME 3 WIN
With starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury dressed for the first time since March 31, Matt Murray made a career-high 47 saves, including 19 in the third period, to help the Pittsburgh Penguins hold off the Washington Capitals and take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Second Round.
* Murray became the second rookie goaltender to make at least 47 saves in a Stanley Cup Playoff game since shots on goal were first recorded in 1967-68, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The other was the Chicago Blackhawks' Scott Darling, who made 50 saves against the Nashville Predators in Game 4 of the 2015 Western Conference First Round.
* Elias adds that Murray, who made at least 14 saves in all three periods, became the third Penguins goaltender to make 47 or more saves in a regulation game during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the first to do so in a winning effort.
* Murray improved to 5-1 with a 1.79 goals-against average, .944 save percentage and one shutout since taking over the Pittsburgh net against the New York Rangers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round. In 13 NHL regular-season games he is 9-2-0 with a 2.00 GAA, .930 save percentage and one shutout.
* Murray improved to 6-1-1 in eight combined regular-season and playoff games at Consol Energy Center, where the Penguins have won 19 of their past 24 games, dating to Jan. 17.
Home Team in Caps
PITTSBURGH 3, Washington 2 - PIT leads 2-1
CAPITALS FIRE AWAY
The Capitals had 85 shot attempts and 58 hits in Game 3. They were led by defenseman John Carlson (0-1-1), who led them with eight shots on goal, and captain Alex Ovechkin (1-1-2) who shared the Capitals lead with nine hits (tied w/ Marcus Johansson). Carlson leads the Capitals with nine points during the playoffs (3-6-9), while Ovechkin, who had seven shots on goal and 18 shot attempts in Game 3, has eight goals and 17 points in 13 career Game 3s.
Video: WSH@PIT, Gm3: Ovi snipes one from above the circle
GOSTISBEHERE, McDAVID AND PANARIN VOTED CALDER TROPHY FINALISTS
The NHL announced that defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers, forward Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and forward Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks are the finalists for the 2015-16 Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition."
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The NHL will reveal the three finalists for the NHL Foundation Player Award prior to the start of play Tuesday.
START TIMES, BROADCAST SCHEDULE SET FOR WEEKEND GAMES
The NHL announced the following updates to the Second Round schedule:
* The start time for Game 5 between the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues has been set for 1 p.m. ET on Saturday at American Airlines Arena (NBC, SN, TVA Sports).
* The start time for Game 5 between the Capitals and Penguins has been set for 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday at Verizon Center (NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).
* The start time for Game 5 between the San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators, if necessary, has been set for 10 p.m. ET on Saturday at SAP Center (NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).
* The start time for Game 5 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders has been set for 3 p.m. ET on Sunday at Amalie Arena (NBC, SN, TVA Sports).
Penguins forward Carl Hagelin scored his third career playoff game-winning goal. His other two game-winners came for the Rangers against the Penguins, including the overtime goal that eliminated the Penguins in Game 5 of the first round last year. … Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist scored his fourth goal of the postseason in his eight game to match his total from his first 29 playoff games. … The Rangers signed goaltender Antti Raanta to a contract extension. … NHL LiveWire: Forwards Ryan Johansen of the Predators and Joel Ward of the Sharks were mic'd up for Game 2 of the Western Conference Second Round. … ICYMI: NHL alumni Mark Napier and Lanny McDonald toured seven communities in Northern Canada with the Stanley Cup.