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PHN Extra: We Deserve Murray-Fleury on Saturday



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If the hockey world is lucky, the Pittsburgh Penguins game Saturday at Vegas will feature the latest edition of Matt Murray vs. Marc-Andre Fleury going head-to-head, a goaltending clash of talent and emotion and wills and history playing out before our eyes.

Such matchups of the current and former Penguins franchise keepers can be emotional after the tough separation when Fleury’s jump to the Golden Knights was orchestrated for the 2017 NHL expansion draft, leaving the Penguins crease to Murray.

Muzz and Flower. Flower and Muzz.

It’s not going away. It will be a storyline for at least as long as both players are in the NHL, and it will continue to evolve.

Go back a couple months. The rumbling undercurrent of second-guessing whether the Penguins picked the right goaltender to retain rushed to the forefront as Murray struggled after an uneven initial season as the undisputed No. 1 last season, while Fleury continued to thrive in Vegas, on the ice and as the lovable face of the fledgling franchise.

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Shelly is a columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson

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