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Penguins Locker Room: Murray Responds to Big Saves, Bronx Cheers

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There was a wild swing of emotions on Sunday at PPG Paints Arena. Penguins fans turned on starting goalie Matt Murray after the team left the netminder out to dry in the first two minutes and the Boston Bruins had a 2-0 lead after just 122 seconds.

The next shot Murray faced was a long dump-in from center ice. As Murray stopped it, mock cheers rained on the goalie who made a consecutive start for the first time since Nov. 18-21.

Overall, Murray made 34 saves including numerous pressure saves to keep the Penguins in the game and eventually preserve their 4-3 win on Sunday at PPG Paints Arena. The Penguins scored four straight goals for the win. 

The Bronx cheers clearly stung Murray, who has won two Stanley Cups with the organization, as he offered a brisk, “no comment,” regarding the mockery from home fans.

Matt Murray improved to 15-6-4 and raised his save percentage to above .900 and lowered his season GAA to 2.84.

It hasn’t been an easy season for Murray who was unofficially benched in November for Tristan Jarry. Jarry’s performance since earning most of the Penguins starts earned him an NHL All-Star nod.

 

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Frank
Frank
1 year ago

As frustrating as it can be for fans I never really liked to watch a player with his home town fans on his back. Does anyone doubt Murray’s effort and commitment? If there was any doubt about the road Murray has to walk it was clear today. Had it been Fleury there would have been supportive chants of his name after those two goals. Matt was essentially harassed. At best Murray was accepted as his replacement but NEVER embraced. I am suspecting that will never change. I have no idea where this is heading but somehow I do not feel… Read more »

JesusSaves AndSoDoes Murray
JesusSaves AndSoDoes Murray
1 year ago
Reply to  Frank

Pitt fans are known for not backing up our teams and players when the chips are down. It’s a bad quality of our PA culture. Murray responded like any steel hardened Pitt player should. Bend and do not break, show us the true Matt Murray. Crowd be damned his teammates rallied in front the goal with him, and we all felt Murray leave it all on the ice. The only part of that game that I didn’t enjoy was the piss pour announcers, I pray for a mute commentator setting on NBC.

Karen Beaudway
Karen Beaudway
1 year ago

Absolutely shameful. Love the fans, but many of our fans are horrible, fair weather jerks who know nothing about the sport they supposedly are following, and it’s embarrassing. Everyone else was forgiven and cheered as the comeback progressed. But not Murray. I just hope Murray and the rest of the team know how many people ACTUALLY love them.

Karen Beaudway
Karen Beaudway
1 year ago
Reply to  Karen Beaudway

Of course meant to say I love the Pens…

King Penguin
King Penguin
1 year ago

When Fleury struggled years ago, Pens fans gave him a standing O before a game against the Lightning.

When Murray needed support, Pens fans trucked him, backed up then ran over him again.

Now connect the dots . . .

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