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Penguins' Matt Murray adds to his vault of highlight-reel saves

Jonathan Bombulie
| Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, 11:03 a.m.
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) makes a save on Ottawa Senators centre Matt Duchene (95) as Penguins defenceman Olli Maatta (3) and Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (9) battle during first period NHL hockey action, in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) makes a save on Ottawa Senators centre Matt Duchene (95) as Penguins defenceman Olli Maatta (3) and Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (9) battle during first period NHL hockey action, in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.

Less than two months into the season, the personal highlight reel of Penguins goalie Matt Murray is starting to fill up.

The only question is which stop goes on top.

In the first period of a 3-1 Penguins win over Ottawa on Thursday night, Murray made a diving save on a Mike Hoffman shot from the right faceoff circle that bordered on the miraculous.

"At that point, it's just get whatever you can over there," Murray said. "I was able to get it with the palm of my blocker hand. I think I threw my stick somewhere too. He has a wide-open net when he's releasing the puck. I just tried to throw my arms over there, basically."

After the game, though, coach Mike Sullivan said he didn't think it was Murray's most spectacular save of the year.

"He had one earlier in the year that might have topped it," Sullivan said. "This one tonight, that was a close second."

Sullivan was referring to a save on former Penguins center Mark Letestu during a 2-1 Penguins overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 24.

Here's how Murray described that one.

"You're just trying to make a read, I think. If he's got time, more than likely, he's going to try to raise it. If he's just trying to get it off, it's going to go on the ice. He had all the time in the world, so I figured he was going to try to at least get it in the top part of the net. I tried to get my stick over there, and I got a bit lucky."

Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at jbombulie@tribweb.com or via Twitter at @BombulieTrib.

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