Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury are expected to enter the 2016-17 campaign as the Penguins goalies, the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette reports. Rumors have been swirling that Fleury could be on the move after watching Murray lead the Pens to their fourth Stanley Cup win in franchise history earlier this month. However, Calgary, one of the teams starved for help between the pipes, acquired Brian Elliott from St. Louis in a draft-day trade Friday and now has little incentive to pursue Fleury. Penguins general manager added that "unless something really strange happens," he will roster both Murray and Fleury to open the 2016-17 season, though he declined to say who would be the No. 1 option.
Murray turned aside 18 of 19 shots en route to a Stanley Cup victory over the Sharks on Sunday. Pittsburg really gave Murray a lift by winning 65 percent of its faceoffs and putting up eight more shots than San Jose. Logan Couture was the only Shark to score on the burgeoning rookie following a turnover in the defensive zone. Murray finished with a 15-6-2, 2.08 GAA and .923 save percentage in the playoffs. With Marc-Andre Fleury taking a backseat to Murray in the playoffs, it'll be quite interesting to see who comes into next season as the No. 1 backstop for the Penguins.
Murray led the Penguins onto the ice for Sunday's Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, NHL.com's Tom Gulitti reports. Murray got off to a slow start in Game 5, allowing three goals in the opening period before settling down to keep his team in the game, which ultimately ended in a 4-2 Sharks victory. There was never much question the rookie would start Game 6, but the Penguins didn't make it official until shortly before the opening face-off. If he really struggles Sunday, the team might consider going with Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 7.
Murray gave up three goals -- all in the first period -- on 21 shots Thursday in Game 5 against the Sharks, suffering a 4-2 loss. The Penguins and their rookie netminder had a golden opportunity to lift the Stanley Cup on home ice, but the Sharks -- and especially goalie Martin Jones -- had other ideas. Murray ended up in an early hole, giving up two goals in the first 2:53, and even though the Penguins rallied to tie the game only minutes later, it wasn't enough, as the Sharks took the lead for good on Melker Karlsson's goal late in the first frame. Nonetheless, the Pens still carry a 3-2 series lead into Game 6, and it's hard to imagine them turning to Marc-Andre Fleury now when Murray's gotten them this far.
Murray will start in goal Thursday night, taking on the Sharks at home for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Penguins own a 3-1 advantage in the series, and Murray has a chance to shake the foundation of the Consol Energy Center with just one more win, a would-be clincher of the Stanley Cup. NHL.com reports that no Pittsburgh team in professional sports has won a championship at home since 1960, when the Pirates took down the Yankees for a World Series title, so that should give you an idea of how hungry the city is for a Cup win Thursday. Murray has emerged victorious from five of his last six games dating back to Game 5 of the conference semifinals versus the Lightning, a fine complement to the rookie's 2.00 GAA in 13 outings this postseason.
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