Fleury was thrown into action when Murray suffered a lower body injury prior to Game 1 against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the opening round of the playoffs.
Murray, who suffered a lower-body injury during warm-ups before the opening game of their opening round National Hockey League playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, finally returning to the Penguins line-up as a back-up to Marc-Andre Fleury at the end of their second-round series against the Washington Capitals.
Murray took over from Fleury late last season and helped deliver the Penguins their fourth Stanley Cup.
While it's hard to pin much of the blame on Fleury's shoulders for the series deficit, the Penguins are clearly looking for a spark to avoid falling in a 3-1 hole.
"He made a really big save early on with his leg save when the guy kind of went around him after a rebound and I think right after that our team went into the offensive side and really played at the puck and gave us that momentum", said Chris Kunitz.
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Coach Mike Sullivan announced the decision a few hours before the game. We've done a really good job of that here since we've been playing together. "I think we did an all around good job tonight". It was a move certainly open to debate but what was more pressing for the Penguins was a need to regain their ability to score goals. We made it for Game 4.
Fleury had made it clear he wanted to be back in goal, but wasn't given the opportunity. That was nice. We won. It's likely Murray's net to lose now, but the Penguins won't forget Fleury's role in this if they go on to win the Cup again. "We made it for Game 4".
That's why the Penguins felt so bad about letting Fleury down with their poor start in Game 3. The best-of-seven series is now tied up at two. "So that was to be expected", said Senators coach Guy Boucher.
Head coach Mike Sullivan has tried to remain mum on who will start Friday night's Game 4, but Friday morning's team skate unveiled who will be in goal.
During the 2016-2017 regular season, Murray served as the Penguins' starting goaltender en route to making 49 appearances. "So these decisions aren't easy, which particular guy that we choose to put in the net".