Murray stopped 28 of 30 shots in a solid outing, but gave up the series clincher to Washington in overtime Monday. Murray bounced back from a disappointing Game 5, but was outdueled by Washington's Braden Holtby. For the first time in his young NHL career, the 23-year-old Murray will not be ending the season by lifting the Stanley Cup. During this playoff run, the Thunder Bay native looked rather pedestrian, as he posted a mundane .908 save percentage -- compared to .923 and .937 in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Injuries limited Murray to just 49 regular-season appearances, which is a concern for fans and fantasy owners alike. Even if Pittsburgh once again tries to bring in a veteran to back up the towering netminder, he should see the bulk of the starts (likely around 60) as long as he can stay healthy next year.
Murray will tend the twine for Monday's Game 6 matchup with Washington, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports. Murray has given up a combined 14 goals in five games versus the Caps. For the playoffs as a hole, the netminder has been subpar with a .905 save percentage and 2.49 GAA. If Pittsburgh is going to force a Game 7, the Thunder Bay native is going to need to be significantly better.
Murray allowed four goals on 30 shots Saturday in a 6-3 loss to Washington in Game 5. Murray's postseason has mirrored his regular season ... a resounding, "meh." His .905 save percentage in these playoffs is a shadow of his brilliance in playoffs of the past. And with the Pens one loss from the golf course, Murray's average performance will be critiqued for months unless he pulls a proverbial rabbit out of his hat.
Murray will start between the pipes in Saturday's Game 5 against the Capitals in Washington. Murray was sharp in Game 4, turning aside 20 of 21 shots en route to a tidy 3-1 victory. The 23-year-old netminder will look to stay dialed in and help his team pick up a crucial Game 5 victory on the road Saturday night.
Murray made 20 saves as his team tied the series 2-2 with a 3-1 Game 4 win Thursday. Murray felt some discomfort in his shoulder after stopping a Dmitry Orlov rocket early in the second period, but he managed to stay in the game and stopped every shot except one T.J. Oshie attempt on the power play. He got plenty of help from the team in front of him, which held Washington to just 21 shots, including none from Alex Ovechkin. Despite the minor injury scare, Murray's the prohibitive favorite to start Game 5 in Washington on Saturday.
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