Senators chase Fleury, rout Penguins 5-1 in Game 3

Senators chase Fleury, rout Penguins 5-1 in Game 3

Senators chase Fleury, rout Penguins 5-1 in Game 3

Murray, who started 47 times during the regular season, has backed up Marc-Andre Fleury since returning from injury before Game 7 of a second-round series against the Washington Capitals.

"That's been a hard decision for this coaching staff all year long", Sullivan told reporters.

The digital ink was barely dry on that missive when Ottawa launched a first-period blitz on the Penguins in Game 3, an offensive explosion that resulted in a goal at the 48-second mark and three more before the game was 13 minutes old. Fleury was pulled after allowing four goals in the first thirteen minutes of Game 3. He's an incredible physical presence and talent on both ends of the ice, and he came through with the all-important third goal of game three to give the Preds a 2-1 win.

Whether it was Ottawa's stingy game plan in splitting the first two games of the series in Pittsburgh or the Penguins inability to capitalize on the few chances they had, Games 1 and 2 were disappointing in terms of entertainment value.

"Some nights it's going to be a little bit different. you're not going to be able to put the puck in the net as easy as you want", said Karlsson, who picked up his first point of the series and wound up a plus-4 on the night. All that is truly clear through three games of the series is this: Both these teams have gotten this far despite discernible, exploitable weaknesses, and when they are located either team can find itself playing uphill all night.

"I don't want to say last game was a statement or anything", Ryan said. "We know the systems, we know where to go, we know where to be, we know how to score".

Matt Murray is the Penguins number one goaltender. Then they exploded for three goals in a franchise record 2:18, from Marc Methot, Derick Brassard and Zack Smith and it was all good from there.

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Marc-Andre Fleury recorded shutouts in two of his past four games, which ties him for the Stanley Cup playoffs lead.

"I haven't been on a run like this since junior stuff, when you're going to the (Memorial) Cup", said the former Medicine Hat Tiger. So, we'll be ready for a lot better game from them.

"That's a decision we made", Sullivan said Friday afternoon at the team's downtown hotel.

So Crosby fumed, and the Penguins seemed shell-shocked, and Game 4 is now a swing game. Their team finally gets on a big stage and critics focus on the Senators "luck" and attendance issues in the early playoff rounds. Game 2 was one of the rare times a 1-0 game felt like a blowout.

He wouldn't elaborate on what went into the decision, nor would he reveal what was said during his conversation with Fleury. "We don't always expect them to agree with our decisions, but we hope that they respect our decision".

Pittsburgh's Justin Schultz, Bryan Rust and Patric Hornqvist all remain out with injuries. He nearly completely shut down the Blue Jackets' attack in three of five contests, he absolutely flustered the Capitals' offense, stealing at least two games in the second round, and, heading into Wednesday, had only failed to stop two of the Senators' 58 shots. The first two games against the Penguins weren't representative of how the Senators have played this season. Both players were held out of the lineup for Game 3 with upper-body injuries.

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