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Stats: Murray vs. Vasilevskiy, Game 3

In battle of 21-year-olds, Pittsburgh's goalie comes out on top

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

TAMPA -- The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final at Amalie Arena on Wednesday.

The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 2-1 with Game 4 set for Friday at Amalie Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Here is a look inside the in-game matchup between the two 21-year-old goaltenders, Pittsburgh's Matt Murray and Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy, who have been thrust into the spotlight in the Stanley Cup Playoffs because of injuries to the respective No. 1 goalies on each team:

Goals against: Vasilevskiy 4, Murray 2

Shots against: Vasilevskiy 48, Murray 28

Saves: Vasilevskiy 44, Murray 26

Save percentage: Vasilevskiy .917, Murray .929

Video: PIT@TBL, Gm3: Murray preserves the Penguins' lead

Best moment: For Murray it came early in the third period, with the Penguins nursing a 1-0 lead. Pittsburgh defenseman Ian Cole gave the puck away in the defensive zone, leading to a shot from between the hash marks by Brian Boyle. Murray made the save but left a rebound, which he was prone to doing in Game 3, but recovered in time to make the next save on Lightning forward J.T. Brown. He held onto the puck at 4:15 of the period to allow the Penguins to hold onto their lead. They were his 20th and 21st saves of the game.

For Vasilevskiy, it came on a breakaway chance for Penguins right wing Phil Kessel at 12:22 of the second period. Kessel got free and tried a snap shot from the right circle. Vasilevskiy, who played it above his blue paint, must have either read that Kessel was looking to shoot for the far side, his blocker side, or simply trusted his instincts, because he moved to his right at the last second and the puck hit him in the chest. Had Vasilevskiy stayed stationary, Kessel might have found a hole. Had Vasilevskiy moved too far to his right, Kessel might have scored on the glove side.

Series stat line (goals against-shots against-save percentage): Vasilevskiy 8-115-.930; Murray 7-69-.899

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