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Murray: Stralman's shot didn't go through glove

Penguins goalie says Internet video showing hole in equipment was doctored

by Wes Crosby / Correspondent

CRANBERRY, Pa -- Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray set the record straight Tuesday: Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman did not shoot through his glove.

An Internet video that circulated early Tuesday seemed to show Stralman's shot go through the webbing of Murray's glove before hitting the back of the net, cutting Pittsburgh's lead to 2-1 with 3:23 remaining in the first period of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final. 

Murray wasn't buying it.

"I would say don't believe everything you see on the Internet," Murray said. "As a goalie, with your equipment, you kind of a have like a sixth sense. It becomes like a part of your body, so you'd be able to tell if it went through."

Stralman's shot went over, not through, Murray's glove.

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Murray and Penguins goalie Jeff Zatkoff each theorized that at least one frame of the video was removed, creating somewhat of an optical illusion.

"I didn't know about it until this morning when somebody showed me the video and it looks like somebody just kind of cut out one frame or something and I think it was probably doctored in some way," Murray said. "Pretty funny, nonetheless."

Zatkoff said Murray's glove failing would have been a nice excuse but did not afford his rookie teammate that luxury.

"If you watch it from the front, you can see blatantly that it goes over," Zatkoff said. "It looks like almost a frame's missing … It's obviously funny and it'd be better to say, 'It went through me, I had it, but my equipment malfunctioned.' But [Stralman] made a great shot … Stralman seems to love to score against us and he made a great shot."

Stralman, who hadn't played since March 25 because of a broken left fibula, has scored five of his 10 goals this season (including the Stanley Cup Playoffs) against the Penguins, who evened the best-of-7 series 1-1 with a 3-2 overtime win Monday. 

Game 3 is Wednesday at Amalie Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Penguins head equipment manager Dana Heinze tweeted two photos Tuesday. The first showed there were no holes in Murray's glove:

Tweet from @RealDanaHeinze: Matt Murray's catch glove there are no holes in the webbing- the puck DID NOT GO THROUGH THE GLOVE! It went over it.

The second was of a glove with the webbing removed:

Tweet from @RealDanaHeinze: Took a closer look - Matt Murray's Catch Glove Not sure how I missed this!

Zatkoff continued to debunk the conspiracy by delving into the intricacies of glove webbing. 

"You'd feel the pull. Even through it went through, you would know it went through," Zatkoff said. "I never had it happen to me. I've had pucks go through the net, like in the net, but never in the webbing. I think we get enough gloves so frequently that the webbing never has enough time to stretch out that much where a puck could go through."

Murray fielded a fourth consecutive question regarding the controversy, smirked, tapped his glove and said, "I got the glove I was using yesterday right here."

"It's all in good fun," Murray said. "That's the Internet for you, I guess, nowadays."

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