The Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t get the result they wanted on Friday night, with 21-year-old netminder Matt Murray allowing three goals on 20 shots to fall 3-1 in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
That doesn’t mean the team is turning away from the prospect over one less than ideal start, though.
Per head coach Mike Sullivan on Sunday, Murray – who has posted a collective .929 save percentage in all situations this postseason, including one shutout – will get the start for game two on Monday, rather than moving to veteran starter Marc-Andre Fleury.
The move to keep Murray in net should mean that it’s yet another battle of young netminders, as Tampa Bay backup Andrei Vasilevskiy is expected to get the nod on Monday as well for his own game two start. Lightning starter Ben Bishop only played the first ten minutes of game one on Friday before he was injured and taken out of the game on a stretcher – if the team isn’t sure whether Bishop will be ready for game two or not, they could use their own 21-year-old netminder across the ice from Murray.
The two Eastern Conference clubs will face off at 8:00 PM EST on Monday. The Penguins currently trail 1-0 heading into the best of seven series against Tampa Bay, although they hold home ice advantage for the series.