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Murray to start in Game 4

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

Goaltender Matt Murray will start in Friday night's Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. 

"Matt Murray is going to play goal," head coach Mike Sullivan informed the media. "I'm not going to elaborate on the coaches' decision. That's the decision we made. We made it for Game 4. We'll see how it goes."

Murray saw his first postseason action in a relief effort in Game 3, stopping 19 of 20 shots in 47-minutes of action.

"I thought he was really solid in there," Sullivan said. "He's had a lot of practice time in the last couple of weeks."

Marc-Andre Fleury had been the team's starter during the entire playoff run and helped them knocked off two of the top four teams in the NHL in Columbus and Washington.

But Fleury was pulled from Game 3 after allowing four goals on nine shots. He took the news of Murray's start as expected.

"Marc was a professional like he always is," Sullivan said. "Both of these guys handle the decisions that we make extremely professionally. These guys are both competitors. They both want to be in the net. We don't always expect them to agree with our decisions, but we hope that they respect our decision."

Although the Pens are in the extremely fortunate position of having two Stanley Cup-winning goalies, it doesn't make the decision any easier on whom to start.

"It's very difficult," Sullivan said. "That's been a hard decision for this coaching staff all year long. It's a good, difficult decision to have because we have two guys that are as capable as they are."

Note: Forwards Bryan Rust, Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl and defenseman Justin Schultz have been ruled out of the game due to injury. Sullivan wouldn't reveal if the team will once again dress seven defensemen, as they did in Game 3. 

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