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Penguins coach Mike Sullivan doesn’t commit to Game 4 goalie


Will 'sleep on' decision after replacing Marc-Andre Fleury with Matt Murray in Game 3 loss to Senators
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Game 4 is here Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

The roles were reversed in the playoffs last season when Murray took over as the Penguins’ No. 1 goalie while Fleury was recovering from a concussion. Fleury got the start in Game 5 of the conference final against the Tampa Bay Lightning after Murray was pulled in a 4-3 loss in Game 4.

But Fleury struggled in a 4-3 overtime loss, and Sullivan turned back to Murray for Game 6. The Penguins went on to win the series in seven games and, with Murray in net the rest of the way, defeated the San Jose Sharks in six games in the Stanley Cup Final.

“I think this is whole new experience,” Sullivan said. “This is a different year, a different challenge.”

But each goaltender understands the situation if Sullivan decides to make a change at some point.

“We both know the deal and we both know how to handle it,” said Murray, who turns 23 on May 25. “So I think that’s going to serve us well here in the future going forward. The playoffs [aren’t] always going to go your way. There’s going to be times where we have to face adversity or a rough game or whatever it may be, and you’ve got to bounce back and move past it.”

In his first game since a 7-4 win against the New Jersey Devils on April 6, Murray allowed one goal on 20 shots.

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