The Pittsburgh Penguins did play a tight, clean game. Far from it. If not for a pair of shorthanded goals and another bigtime performance from Matt Murray the Penguins may not have been as fortunate as the 5-1 score indicated. In fact, we could well have been discussing a 6-5 loss.
Instead, Matt Murray continued his string unbeatable or nearly unbeatable performances. Murray stopped 36 of 37 shots including no less than six uncontested shooters on breakaways or just alone in the scoring area. Murray wasn’t just eight feet tall, he was quick, too.
“That wasn’t the type of game we wanted to play,” said head coach Mike Sullivan. “We turned the puck over early and there were glorious scoring chances on both sides.”
The Penguins didn’t play their best hockey until the third period when they were already up by four goals. Florida had nearly 65 percent of the shots and shot attempts in the second period.