PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins are sticking with rookie goaltender Matt Murray.
Coach Mike Sullivan announced Monday that Murray will remain in the net for Game 6 of his team’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Washington Capitals. Murray has started eight straight playoff games for the Penguins, going 6-2 with a 1.96 goals-against average to help Pittsburgh take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The 21-year-old Murray gave up three goals on 19 shots in a 3-1 loss in Game 5. Sullivan, however, has praised Murray’s play while filling in for veteran Marc-Andre Fleury.
Fleury hasn’t played since suffering a concussion on March 31. Fleury spent the last three games as Murray’s backup and will stay in that role as the Penguins try to advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the second time in four years.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Finland handed the United States its second loss by 3-2 at the world ice hockey championship on Monday.
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Finland’s third win from three matches kept pace with Canada, which routed Belarus 8-0 with seven different players scoring, and led their group on goal difference. Canada has 20 goals in three games, and doesn’t play Finland until the last round of group matches next week.
Mikko Koivu and Antti Pihlstrom scored for Finland in the first period before Frank Vatrano made it 2-1 with a slapshot.
Connor Murphy leveled early in the third for the U.S., but Leo Komarov slid in the puck four minutes later for the game-winner.
The game pitted two players up for the No. 1 spot in next month’s NHL draft, Finland’s Patrik Laine and America’s Auston Matthews. While Laine did not add to his four goals and two assists for the tournament, Matthews assisted Vatrano’s goal to move to two goals and two assists.
With patriotic Soviet songs playing in the arena to mark the anniversary of beating the Nazis in the Second World War, Canada got two goals from Ryan O’Reilly, one of them while short-handed.
“It was a competitive game, especially early on,” Canada coach Bill Peters said. “That short-handed goal was a bit of a game-changer. They were very competitive and in the end, our depth is what wore them down.”
Cam Talbot faced only 13 shots for Canada’s first shutout of the championship.
In Moscow, host Russia beat Latvia 4-0 on two goals and two assists from forward Artemi Panarin, who bounced back after he was pulled from Sunday’s game against Kazakhstan following a hard collision into the boards.
Defenseman Alexei Yemelin faces a minimum one-game suspension after he was ejected for a knee on Miks Indrasis.
Russia is 2-1 after an opening 3-0 loss to the Czech Republic and the tricky 6-4 win over Kazakhstan.