Dunlap: Fleury Is The Man In Game 4

Forty-eight seconds in Mike Hoffman banked the puck in off Penguins goalie Marc Andre Fleury right pad

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates his goal against the Ottawa Senators with teammates Phil Kessel (81), Jake Guentzel (59) and Evgeni Malkin (71) during the second period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals, Friday, May 19, 2017, in Ottawa, Ontario.

However, after a disastrous Game 3 against the Senators, when Fleury was pulled after giving up four goals on nine shots in the first period, questions began to arise about whether the now-healthy Murray should reclaim his spot as the starter. The series is now tied 2-2.

The Ottawa Senators, best known for stifling defense, went on an offensive explosion Wednesday, scoring four first-period goals en route to a 5-1 rout of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of their National Hockey League playoff series. Clarke MacArthur and Tom Pyatt scored for Ottawa.

Crosby would tally his first point of the season, but he got back to the bench, sat down, and gave the most defeated look I've seen him have in the 2017 playoffs.

If things get too heated, he's the one who steps in and calms them down. While Pittsburgh seems to have to better talent, the Penguins aren't showing that on the ice. We have an opportunity now to get home and play in front of our great fans, and the building will be rocking. "If we want to win the game, we need to score like for sure a couple goals or maybe more". With the win, the series is all square at 2-2, with Game 5 set for Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh. "You can only stick to your game plan and hope for the best and try to maintain in your discipline in your game plan and your mentality". "We played a solid defensive game, kept them on the outside".

"We know with all the talent, and all they world-class talent, they have on that team that this is something you can't take lightly".

The Senators were down 3-1 after the second after MacArthur's third of the playoffs with 1:38 left in the period allowed them to get on the board. Sullivan would be making the same error turning to Murray for Game 4.

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The goal brought some life into the building because it hadn't been pretty until then. The Senators faithful weren't happy with their team's effort and had a right to be upset because this wasn't the performance anybody expected with so much on the line. In addition to defenseman Kris Letang, who's out for the playoffs, defenseman Justin Schultz and forwards Bryan Rust and Patric Hornqvist weren't in the lineup for Game 3 when Ottawa dominated from the start in a 5-1 win to take a 2-1 series lead.

And even when they were up by a mile after the first period, the Senators weren't sitting back like they had in Game 1.

Ottawa's power play ranked 23rd overall during the regular season.

"Well the goalie pick doesn't matter if the Penguins can't score!"

Marc Methot, Senators - Methot, who did not have a goal all season, now has two in the playoffs and added an assist on Wednesday, officially enacting revenge on Crosby for maiming his pinky finger earlier this season. We gotta start with that and it will eventually come. There wasn't much Fleury could do, but the Penguins badly needed a stop and they weren't getting any.

"To duplicate (Game 3) is going to be hard, but we've got to have the same mindset, dedication and focus to start the game", Karlsson said before the game.

Ottawa had mostly neutralized the high-powered Pens in the first three games of the series, holding them to just three goals - a mark they equalled in less than 32 minutes of Game 4.

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