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


Matt Murray will make his first start of the playoffs in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final tonight in Ottawa. Game 4 is on Friday Night in Ottawa.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said early mistakes cost them the game.

The Penguins' best hope is to match Ottawa's talent in goal - which they can do with Murray - and give themselves the opportunity to win some close games.

Fleury allowed four goals on the Senators' first nine shots in the first period before he was pulled in favor of Matt Murray.

The 22-year-old goaltender took over from Fleury in Game 3, after the former first-overall draft pick gave up four goals in the opening period against the normally defensive Senators.

Trailing 2-1 to the Senators, if the Penguins lose this game the odds are stacked against them winning this series. 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.

Because you proably would have missed a furious 138-second span in which the Sens tacked on three more goals, courtesy of Marc Methot, Derick Brassard and Zack Smith. We have to understand that it's not going to be easy.

Murray will make his first start for the Penguins since April 6 against the New Jersey Devils.

The experienced Ducks, who might reunite top center Ryan Getzlaf with right wing Corey Perry after separating them to create more offensive depth in Game 3, are 7-3 in their last 10 divisional home games.

"I think just throughout the league it's so tight now", Senators winger Clarke MacArthur told The Canadian Press.

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Streit was making his playoff debut for the increasingly battered Pens, who lost Justin Schultz and Bryan Rust to upper-body injuries in a Game 2 victory. "I don't care", Boucher said, according to the Ottawa Sun. I think it's a readiness. They're terrific goalies. We're fortunate that we have these guys as part of our team.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, 49, knew his team was doomed after their very bad start.

Craig Anderson will start for the Senators at the other end, however.

Crosby's first goal of the series - and also his first point - with 13:53 left in the third broke Anderson's bid for a shutout and an upset Malkin was given a misconduct with two minutes left while different Senators had two-point nights.

Sullivan doesn't plan on naming a starter until after his team's skate on Friday morning. The Senators have now won four of their last five meetings with the Penguins.

The Senators only generated 29 shot attempts and 18 shots on goal at 5-on-5 in this game, while the Penguins surpassed them with 47 shot attempts and 25 shots on goal.

"Every line, every pair, we just competed really hard, and we put pucks behind them", Brassard said.

Fleury has earned the right to get back in the crease for Game 4 given the way he has performed since the opening game of the playoffs.

Penguins' Phil Kessel (81), Chris Kunitz (14) and Jake Guentzel (59) celebrate the winning shootout goal against the Edmonton Oilers in March.