Matt Murray to start for Penguins in Toronto
So much for easing Matt Murray back into the lineup.
Out since Oct. 6 due to a concussion, Murray will start in goal Thursday night when the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Leafs are the hottest team in the league, winners of five in a row and six of seven.
They lead the league with 4.71 goals per game and a 47.4 power-play percentage. Auston Matthews has 10 goals and has recorded at least two points in all seven of Toronto’s game so far.
Coach Mike Sullivan said he has no misgivings about making Murray’s first game back such a difficult one because there’s no such thing as an easy night in the NHL.
“Every game is hard. We have so much respect for this league and how good the teams are. When’s the ideal time to bring a guy back into the lineup? I’m not sure there is one,” Sullivan said. “Matt’s our No. 1 goalie. He’s healthy. He’s had a number of good practices. He’s prepared for it. We just gotta go out and play well in front of him.”
Murray went 1-1 with a .831 save percentage in two starts before suffering the concussion.
He was feisty at morning skate Thursday, raising his glove over his head and letting out a yell after a stop on Derick Brassard and flopping to his backside and windmilling his glove after a save on Carl Hagelin.
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