Murray confident he will start in goal of the Penguins during the playoffs


Matt Murray said he was not worried about losing the position of goalkeeper number one of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

After you have shared it with Tristan Jarry during the regular season, the double champion of the Stanley cup is not insured to take the start against the Montreal Canadiens during the Stanley cup playoffs. But Murray said that he was confident, maintaining the right approach would end in his favor.”I can’t control what I control,” said Murray on Tuesday. “It is every time I do my best on the ice. The rest will take care of. I know that if I compete and work really hard, the rest will fall into place. So this is where I focus. ”

Murray will probably start at the beginning of the series of the top 5, said the coach of the Penguins ‘ Mike Sullivan in The Athletic on the 16th of June.

“You could see [Matt] play at a level that is more consistent in the second half of the season, ” said Sullivan. “We really liked the way it tended. It has certainly proved to be, during my time with him, that he is a better goalkeeper in the second half of the season and [Stanley Cup Playoffs]. His track record speaks for itself. This is a good goalie in this league. ”

Murray had a record of 20-11-5 this season and had a percentage of stops of 8,999 in the NHL with an average goals allowed of 2.87 and a clean sheet in 38 starts, which earned him a Jarry for 23 of the 35 games of 4 on 4 December. Feb. 26. Murray has started five of the last seven games in Pittsburgh, winning three, before the NHL season was interrupted on 12 march due to concerns about the sars coronavirus.

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Jarry, who has replaced the goalkeeper injured in the Blue Jackets of Columbus Joonas Korpisalo for the all-star game Honda 2020 of the NHL, was to 20-12-1 with a negative 2.43 GAA, a percentage of stops, 921 and three shutouts in 33 games (31 starts). He has lost his last four starts, allowing at least five goals three times.

In the course of the season, Jarry stated that the competition with Murray had helped to improve. Tuesday, Murray said that he is not focused on the fight against Jarry.

“I would say, for me personally, all I can do is concentrate on what I can control and try to do my best at every training and every match, and try to be ready,” said Murray. “This is what I am doing at the moment. Just make the best of the situation in which we find ourselves, and that is to put the hours in place, do everything that we can to prepare for when the puck will drop.

“Every person on the ice will work to help the team succeed. This includes myself. I’m going to do everything I can to be sharpened and do my best to help this team win another Stanley Cup. ”

Murray has participated in training sessions volunteers limited to the installation of the Penguins over the past two weeks.

The training camps will open on July 10, in the phase 3 of the plan to return to the game of the NHL, provided that the medical conditions and safety permit and that the NHL and the players ‘ Association and NHL reach an agreement on the resumption of the game.

Murray said that he thought that it would be almost at full speed at the time when the Penguins square off against the Canadians. A start date and a venue have not been announced.

“We are getting the best of the situation,” said Murray. “Until now, the skates have gone well. I can speak on behalf of our small group. It went very well. The pace has been really good. The competition has been really good. Therefore, in terms of the situation, I don’t think it could go much better. This is the situation in which we find ourselves and we all try to make the best of it. I think everyone has done a great job so far. ”

The game will resume in phase 4 with the qualifications of the Stanley Cup in two major cities – one for the 12 teams of the Western Conference, one for the 12 teams of the Conference Is. The top four teams from each conference will compete in a round robin tournament of three matches for the classification, and the other will play the best of 5 games to qualify for the playoffs for the Stanley Cup.

The Penguins (40-23-6, percentage of 0,623 points) are the fifth-seeded of the Conference of the East and face the 12th seeded Canadian (31-31-9, .500), the winner qualifying for the playoffs.

“This is a great team. They are fast. They are well trained, ” said Murray about Montreal. “They are structured. We know that we will face a major challenge. They have a lot of very good players. As I said, this is a team dangerous. It is all about what we are trying to focus now prepares for this series. “


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