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PENS NAME STARTER FOR GAME ONE OF SERIES AGAINST MONTREAL

After a lot of debate among members of the media and, of course, fans, the Pittsburgh Penguins have announced who will be starting in goal for game one of the team's qualifying series against the Montreal Canadiens. Coach Mike Sulliven has announced he'll go with experience, and Matt Murray will get the start between the pipes.

The 26-year-old goalie shared the starting role with Tristan Jarry throughout much of the regular season before it was paused March 12th due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus. Murray and Jarry competed throughout training camp until coach Mike Sullivan named Murray, who won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017, the starter on Saturday.

One thing is certain, this decision was not made based on statistics. If that were the case, Jarry would be getting the start. He posted a 2.43 goals against average and a .921 save precentage in 33 games this season. Murray played 38 and recorded a 2.87 GAA and a .899 save percentage. Jarry also had the better winning percentage with a record of 20-12-1 over Murray's record of 20-11-5.



"We believe we have two great goalies," Sullivan said. "Both of these guys are going to give us a chance to win. Matt has obviously shown an ability to be at his best when the stakes are high. That certainly should provide some confidence for him going into a playoff environment like this."

"We're fortunate to have the guys that we have. Matt has certainly shown an ability to be at his best at this time of year. We'll take each game as it comes, but we feel good about the goaltending tandem that we have."

Source: NHL.com
TIM TUCKER
AUGUST 1, 2020  (14H40)
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