Matt Murray took some time out from being a coveted apartment feature to once again resume netminding duties for the Penguins in their game 3 bout against the Capitals last night. While Marc-Andre Fleury dressed for the first time in these playoffs, he was relegated to watching from the bench, as Murray maybe-literally cemented his status as the Pens must-start man between the pipes, saving 47 shots on 49 attempts and carrying Pittsburgh to a not very convincing 3-2 win. Well, not convincing except for Matt Murray, who did a very believable job of metaphorically immuring Fortunato. These are all really solid and respectable wall jokes.
Prior to Ovechkin’s top-shelf screamer that came within an inch of Murray’s head to end a 48-minute shutout, the Pittsburgh goalie had stopped 36 previous shots, and withstood a barrage of attempts in a third period completely dominated by the Capitals. The goal that brought the Caps to within one with just 56 seconds left was an unfortunate bounce off of the right post that snuck behind Murray, which Justin Williams easily punched in—and probably could have done so with a pool cue made of string cheese.
The Penguins look to extend their series lead at home on Wednesday night, but will have to do so without Kris Letang. They will also be without defenseman Olli Maataa for another game, and the Caps are minus defenseman Brooks Orpik until at least game 6, if this series of Boys Behaving Badly even makes it that far.