Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan wasn’t ready to commit to a starting goalie for Game 4 after pulling Marc-Andre Fleury in a 5-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday.
Matt Murray relieved Fleury 12:52 into the first period after Fleury allowed four goals on nine shots.
“Quite honestly, I haven’t even gotten there yet,” Sullivan said. “We’re still trying to digest this game that we just played and we’ll sleep on it and we’ll make decisions on it moving forward.”
Fleury took over as Pittsburgh’s No. 1 goalie while Murray was recovering from a lower-body injury sustained warming up for Game 1 of the first round against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Sullivan said Fleury’s play wasn’t the sole factor in the decision to replace him with Murray after falling behind 4-0.
“We give up four goals as quickly as we did, sometimes when you make a change it’s for more than one reason,” Sullivan said. “It’s a change for the whole group, and sometimes you can affect some positive reaction to it. It’s a little bit of a wake-up call, I guess, for the whole group.”
Fleury already has shown an ability to respond well after a poor start in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. After allowing five goals on 26 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of the second round, he made 29 saves in a 2-0 win in Game 7.
“I think it’s important to learn from mistakes and just put it behind you,” Fleury said. “Forget about it, get ready for practice [Thursday], have some fun with the guys and get right back at it.”