The Pittsburgh Penguins had a decision to make for tonight’s first Stanley Cup qualifying game against the Montreal Canadiens: between Matt Murray or Tristan Jarry at net. After assessing the situation, head coach Mike Sullivan decided to leave with the experience.
It’s not exactly a glowing endorsement of Murray’s ability, hinting that he has the luxury of going to see another nearly equal goaltender, Tristan Jarry, if Murray doesn’t perform to the level needed. He’s banking on his goaltender’s track record in the Championship, although Murray hasn’t shown the same form in the last two postseason appearances for Pittsburgh, and the coach will clearly not hesitate to make a gesture if this streak lasts up to three years.
As for Montreal, there is no doubt who will be the starter. As long as he is in good health, Carey Price will be the man between the pipes, and his game will be a major factor in deciding the fate of the Canadiens in the postseason.