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Crosby, Penguins beat Senators 3-2 to tie series

Derik Brassard left Clarke Mac Arthur celebrate and Marc Methot celebrate a Senators goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Wednesday night Penguins vs Capitals - Game 6: Trevor Dailey ruled out with body injury
Montrelle Montesinos | 20 May, 2017, 11:47

In his first start since April 6, Murray rewarded Sullivan by stopping 24 of 26 shots in the Penguins' 3-2 Game 4 victory over the Senators on Friday night at Canadian Tire Centre to even the best-of-seven series.

Burrows didn't look good leaving the ice with his left leg in the air Wednesday night after getting tangled up with Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Ian Cole in the club's 5-1 victory in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final.

The Predators opened the second with a bit more energy, matching what they put on net in the first period within a minute. Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby tucks the puck in the net past Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson as Senators' Viktor Stalberg defends during the second period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup E. He stopped 19 of 20 shots in place of Marc-Andre Fleury, who gave up four goals on nine shots en route to a 5-1 loss.

It will be Matt Murray between the pipes when the Penguins and Ottawa Senators meet in the crucial Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. "We capitalized on some chances, and it's just good to see that every line chipped in", said Ottawa forward Derick Brassard. "That's been a hard decision for this coaching staff all year long". Fleury has always been the other No. 1 pick on a team with Crosby and Malkin, and while he was in net when they won a Cup in 2009, he has endured the ignominy of many a post-season. "It's up to us individually to go out there and play our game".

"We never take these decisions lightly", Sullivan said. Murray-Pittsburgh's regular-season leader in starts (49), wins (32), goals-against average (2.41) and save percentage (.932)-missed the start of the postseason due to injury.

Ottawa usually wins games by one or two goals but they came into Wednesday's contest knowing they had to create more offense, after failing to register a shot on goal for nearly 19 minutes in a game two loss on Monday. Losing Game 4 would be a serious blow to the Penguins' chances against the Senators, especially as Pittsburgh would find themselves in a 3-1 hole against a team that has the ability to score early and sit on a lead. "It felt good to be back in there, but at the same time, I don't think I would say I needed (the work)". I don't think it's any one particular guy. "I've said this all year long - that's one of the strengths of our group".

"I've really been enjoying this playoff run", Fleury said.

Fleury was thrown into action when Murray suffered a lower body injury prior to Game 1 against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the opening round of the playoffs. The game kicks off at 8:00 PM EST and NBCSN (US) will doing the national TV coverage while the game can also be watched online live on FuboTV.

And if Sullivan does decide to go with Fleury, well, Ottawa had better be ready to take advantage again. "It was nice to get off to a good start and get the crowd into it". That title on Friday belonged to both Olli Maatta and Brian Dumoulin, who each scored their first goals, respectively, of these playoffs.

It's a tough break for Fleury, who was mostly sensational throughout the playoffs. Crosby said he was trying to be as big a target as possible and make sure that Jake Guentzel's seam pass didn't slip through.

"It was a bad start", Crosby said. We've been fortunate enough to win a game because we had an unbelievable goaltending performance, but we have to go out there as a team and execute.