In the regular season, Murray posted a.923 save percentage in 49 games played.
The Ottawa Senators were without Alex Burrows for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final.
Starting for the first time in more than six weeks, Murray looked dialled in right away.
While it's hard to pin much of the blame on Fleury's shoulders for the series deficit, the Penguins are clearly looking for a spark to avoid falling in a 3-1 hole.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins will give Matt Murray his first start of the playoffs in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final Friday night in Ottawa. Its out of my control, so I dont really think too much about it..
Sidney Crosby is just fine.
How it happened: Crosby scored and assisted on the first two goals to help the Penguins jump out to a crucial early lead against a team that is especially stingy when it's protecting a lead. Playing careless, he said, means, "you're going to get pounded".
"I was just trying to create traffic or create a balance and create havoc in front", Perry said. Pittsburgh pumped out 35 shots, its highest total in a regulation playoff game this spring.
Murray, who suffered a lower-body injury during warm-ups before the opening game of their opening round National Hockey League playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, finally returning to the Penguins line-up as a back-up to Marc-Andre Fleury at the end of their second-round series against the Washington Capitals.
The key to Pittsburgh's chance at returning to the Cup Final for a second straight year will rely heavily on its ability to summon that kind of energy without being hit first by Ottawa. "It's a good, hard decision to have, because we have two guys that are as capable as they are". "Our focus is on what we need to do". "We're deeper into the series now, so that's got to be there". I thought he was tracking the puck extremely well.
Now that Murray is in net, it's very clear that the only chance Fleury stood was to shut out his way to a Stanley cup victory.
While coach Guy Boucher lamented his team's "puck fumbling" that prevented any sort of rhythm on an ineffective power play, he also knows what he's up against.
"I don't know what the biggest challenge is", he said.
In Murray, the Pens get their Stanley Cup-winning youngster back in the mix, and it's a good bet the 22-year-old will want to make sure Fleury's role is relegated to the bench.
Beauty is more in the eye of the beholder when it comes to the Senators.
The Penguins rookie had a couple of assists in Game Four at Ottawa; he had just gone three games without a point, but now has 16 points (9 G, 7 A) in 16 playoff games. Ottawa has compensated by ramping up physical play.
The other challenge heading into Game 4 is that Crosby probably will see another steady dose of standout defenseman Erik Karlsson because Senators coach Guy Boucher has more control over matchups at home. The 27-year-old was crunched into the boards on a unsafe hit from Bobby Ryan, one that drew a penalty only on Ian Cole, who throttled Ryan in retaliation.