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The Pittsburgh Penguins Are Now Down 2-1 To The Ottawa Senators

from Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The final chapters still need to be written, of course, but Wednesday night, for the Penguins, the genre shifted from fairy tale to horror story.

Marc-Andre Fleury gave up four goals and was pulled before the game was 13 minutes old, the team's defensive structure crumbled to pieces and the Ottawa Senators cruised to a 5-1 victory in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final.

The Senators lead the series 2-1 with Game 4 set for Friday night in Ottawa.

"We should be a little bit embarrassed, the way we came out and the way we started this game," winger Chris Kunitz said. "We need to come in with more urgency and more jump every single time we step on the ice. Nothing's going to be handed to you or given to you. Nothing's going to be easy."...

Immediately following the game, coach Mike Sullivan said he hadn't yet considered who he would start in Game 4.

With Kris Letang done for the season and Justin Schultz now out with an upper-body injury, the Penguins came into Wednesday's game without their top two puck-moving defensemen. The remaining defense corps had its roughest night of the postseason.

"We've dealt with it all year long. Are we worried about it? Not really. We don't have a choice," Sullivan said of his personnel situation on defense. "That's just the reality of the circumstance, and it's nothing this team isn't accustomed to. We've been dealing with this all year long. Kris Letang played 40 games for us this year. We had to find ways to win without Tanger for half the season."

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Immediately following the game, coach Mike Sullivan said he hadn’t yet considered who he would start in Game 4.

Are you f^*%ing serious? Why would you want to make a change considering how Fleury has played and the crap luck he had yesterday? Were any of those goals his fault?

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/18/17 at 08:11 AM ET

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Go Sens Go!

Posted by SlimChance on 05/18/17 at 08:21 AM ET

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Are you f^*%ing serious?

It was an NHL coach.
Talking to the media.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/18/17 at 08:59 AM ET

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Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/18/17 at 08:59 AM ET

It was an NHL coach.
Who could have put in a vote of confidence in the goalie who has been their MVP so far.

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/18/17 at 09:29 AM ET

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It was an NHL coach.
Who could have put in a vote of confidence in the goalie who has been their MVP so far.

Good point.

He’s an NHL coach, so I’m sure he didn’t talk to his goaltender at any point in the HOURS between when he pulled the goaltender and when he spoke to the media.

Are you new to this?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/18/17 at 09:56 AM ET

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Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/18/17 at 09:56 AM ET

Actually, how do we know that he did talk to Fleury? I’d like some hard evidence.

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/18/17 at 10:07 AM ET

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Look, I am only reacting to the quote.

How can you go back to Murray after that defensive performance, those bad bounces, the injuries? How is that even a consideration for the guy that has been carrying you?

Maybe it IS different in private, but it’s dumb to even hint at. IMO, of course. smile

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/18/17 at 10:17 AM ET

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Murray is Sullivan’s boy though.  There is zero chance MAF gets in this series without Murray’s injury.  If you look at last season’s playoff, Murray had some letdowns and Sullivan came back with him.  He will not come back with MAF.

Posted by PMP5030 on 05/18/17 at 01:18 PM ET

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