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Sport Stanley Cup playoffs three stars: Penguins offense roars to life as Matt Murray earns first win

06:20  20 may  2017
06:20  20 may  2017 Source:   sportingnews.com

NHL playoffs 2017: Conference finals schedules, TV times

  NHL playoffs 2017: Conference finals schedules, TV times The matchups for the conference finals of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs are set. In the East, the Penguins will face the Senators; in the West, the Ducks will face the Predators.The Penguins advanced to the Eastern Conference finals by beating the top-seeded Capitals in Game 7 on Wednesday in Washington. The Ducks advanced to the West finals with a Game 7 victory over the Oilers later that night.MORE: Caps can't shake curse as Pens prevail © (Getty Images) Sidney Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury The winners of the conference finals will advance to the Stanley Cup Final. The Penguins won the Final last season.

Three stars . Brian Dumoulin, Penguins - The game- winning goal proved to be off the stick of Dumoulin. Matt Murray , Penguins - His first start since April 6 resulted in a win .

Three stars . Brian Dumoulin, Penguins - The game- winning goal proved to be off the stick of Dumoulin. Matt Murray , Penguins - His first start since April 6 resulted in a win .

The Penguins bounced back after an embarrassing Game 3 loss to the Senators to even the series Friday behind a solid performance from goalie Matt Murray, who earned the win in his first playoff start.

Murray replaced Marc-Andre Fleury in the first period of a one-sided Game 3 loss on Wednesday after Fleury allowed four goals on nine shots. Murray carried his stellar play into Friday in Ottawa. He stopped 24 of 26 shots in the Penguins' 3-2 win.

The 22-year-old Murray took over for Fleury during the Penguins' Stanley Cup championship last spring, but had missed the postseason thus far after suffering a lower-body injury during warmups before Game 1 of Pittsburgh's first-round series against Columbus.

NHL playoffs: Penguins' morning skate hints at who'll start in goal for Game 4

  NHL playoffs: Penguins' morning skate hints at who'll start in goal for Game 4 Matt Murray was the first goalie off the ice Friday morning at the Penguins' optional skate, the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review reported, a typical indication of a team’s starter for the night's game.The Penguins, down 2-1 in the series, play the Senators at 8 p.m. ET Friday in Ottawa in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. © (Getty Images) Matt Murray Murray left the ice after approximately 40 minutes Friday morning, according to the report, while Marc-Andre Fleury worked for close to an hour.

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The Penguins bounced back after an embarrassing Game 3 loss to the Senators to even the Eastern Conference finals Friday behind a solid performance from goalie Matt Murray , who earned the win in his first playoff start of the season.

After scoring a total of three goals through the first three games of the Eastern Conference finals, the Penguins offense, behind Sidney Crosby, netted three in two periods Friday. Crosby scored his sixth goal of the postseason and assisted on an another.

While the Penguins bucked their dismal scoring trends, the Senators' scoreless play on power plays continued. Ottawa went 0 for 4 with a man-advantage Friday and is now 0 for 25 on the power play dating back to Game 2 against the Rangers.

Yet, it wasn't all smiles for Pittsburgh, as its already thin roster saw another injury when defenseman Chad Ruhwedel exited late in the first period and never returned after taking elbow to the face on a controversial hit from Senators winger Bobby Ryan. Ruhwedel remained down on the ice in pain while a scrum ensued along the boards.

NHL playoffs 2017: Penguins-Senators Game 4 live updates, score, stats, highlights

  NHL playoffs 2017: Penguins-Senators Game 4 live updates, score, stats, highlights The Senators can take a chokehold on the Eastern Conference finals with a win on Friday night over the Penguins. With the series still in Ottawa, the Senators can take a 3-1 stranglehold on the ECF, following their five-goal outburst in their victory over the Penguins on Wednesday night.With that in mind, the Penguins turn to 22-year-old Matt Murray, making his first start of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Penguins won the 2016 Stanley Cup on the back of a red-hot Murray, and likely are looking to recapture that magic now.Murray entered Game 3 vs.

Stanley Cup playoffs : Penguins ' Chad Ruhwedel suffers concussion on big hit from Bobby Ryan . An already thin Penguins roster suffered another injury Friday, when defenseman Chad Ruhwedel exited late in the first period and never returned in Game. 07:51 24 may 2017 Source: For The Win .

Sports: Stanley Cup playoffs : Penguins ' Chad Ruhwedel suffers - ca.pressfrom.com. 07:51 24 may 2017 Source: For The Win . Keep in mind, Crosby has played a lot of hockey over the past three years: Stanley Cup playoffs : Penguins ' Chad Ruhwedel suffers concussion on big hit from Bobby

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Three stars

3. Brian Dumoulin, Penguins — The game-winning goal proved to be off the stick of Dumoulin. The defenseman's score was his first of the postseason.

2. Sidney Crosby, Penguins — The captain scored his 55th career postseason goal, good for fourth most among active players.

1. Matt Murray, Penguins — His first start since April 6 resulted in a win. The future of the Pens in the net was poised in the waning seconds as Ottawa tried a barrage of shorts in a 6-on-4 advantage.

Gotta see it

The Penguins break the ice as Olli Maatta grabbed his first ever playoff goal.

Sidney Crosby celebrates playoff goal © (Getty Images) Sidney Crosby celebrates playoff goal

Saturday's game to watch

Western Conference finals: Predators at Ducks, Game 5, 7:15 p.m. ET, NBC (Series tied 2-2) — Nashville center Ryan Johansen will miss the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs after undergoing surgery on a left thigh injury, leaving the Preds without their leading scorer when they visit the Ducks needing two wins to make their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

Stanley Cup Final odds: Penguins are slight favorites to win the Cup .
The 2017 Stanley Cup Final matchup is set: Penguins vs. Predators. Pittsburgh will try to become the first team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98 to win consecutive Stanley Cups, while Nashville will try to bring home its first Cup. © (Getty Images) The Stanley Cup The Penguins won the 2016 Stanley Cup over the San Jose Sharks. Pittsburgh previously won the Cup in 1991, 1992 and 2009. MORE: Stanley Cup final schedule, TV infoNashville advanced to the Stanley Cup Final this spring for the first time in its franchise's 18-year history.

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