The dynamic duo may be coming to an end at the conclusion of this years Stanley Cup Final, but Murray and Fleury are earning their keep in Pittsburgh this playoff season.
Matt Murray and Marc Andre Fleury have set a franchise record for total shutouts in the playoff season, combining for four.
Prior to Game 5 in Pittsburgh, Murray had recorded a single shutout, and 5 Wins in 8 games this playoff season. Fleury had 9 Wins in 15 Playoff Games before being replaced by the young netminder. With another shutout tonight, the duo have combined for 4 shutouts in the playoffs, beating a Penguins franchise record.
There is no secret that the Penguins are lacking in depth defense-man and the ability for Murray and previously Fleury to steal games and cover for their spotty defense has been remarkable. It seems like every D man in the Penguins core has left a game, or been ruled to have been injured at some point of these playoffs. Frankly, the absence of All Star defenseman Kris Letang is the least of their worries.
If the Pens do win the cup, the Conn Smythe race will be muddied with the Fleury/Murray debate along with the stellar performances by Crosby, Guentzel and Malkin.
A popular stat thrown around by a few analysts in terms of Matt Murray’s reliability, is that he has never lost 3 NHL Games in a row (whether they are playoff games or regular season) and that stat is maintained this evening.
Could it be possible the goaltenders both receive the Conn Smythe in their joint contributions to the miraculous playoff run? Can Matt Murray hold off the Preds IN Nashville and take the Cup on Sunday night?
Frankly if Murray does take a win in Nashville, he will face a Pekka Rinne that is 9-1 with a 1.44 goals-against average and .949 save percentage in 10 home starts this postseason. It’ll be a tough task to battle the seventh man in the drunk fans in Nashville.
Pekka Rinne Save Percentage Comparison.
1. .636 Road
2. .840 Road
3. .960 Home
4. .958 Home
5. .667 Road
Get fired up, Game 6 is Sunday in Nashville.