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Facing Off: Murray over Fleury a Mistake?

May 19th, 2017 at 4:50 PM
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Facing Off is a column debating hockey’s hottest topics. From current events like trades and hat tricks to bigger-picture stuff like scandals and expansion â?? you name it, we’re debating it. Albeit, not always with a serious tone. We’re keeping this column light, so keep that in mind when reading, and feel free to join in on the fun by leaving a comment. Follow us on Twitter (@FacingOff_THW) and get in on the debate there too.


No, it’s not Monday but, yes, it’s time for another edition of Facing Off â?? the 90th edition, for those keeping count.

We are debuting a new format today, transitioning away from the Monday morning long read â?? debating five topics at a time â?? to instead hit the hottest topics as they happen and before they cool off.

Whenever time permits, Facing Off will now weigh in on breaking news â?? debating individual topics in real time.

There is no more controversial topic in hockey today than the Pittsburgh Penguins’ decision to start Matt Murray over Marc-Andre Fleury tonight.

Both goalies have backstopped this franchise to Stanley Cups â?? Murray last year and Fleury in 2009 â?? so the fan base is divided, and both have their supporters and detractors in the media as well.

For anybody out of the loop, Fleury had started all 15 games for Pittsburgh in this year’s playoffs, with a 9-6 record to date (.924 save percentage and 2.56 goals-against average).

Murray had been sidelined by a lower-body injury and only recently returned as Fleury’s backup, making his first relief appearance in Wednesday’s 5-1 defeat to the Ottawa Senators in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final. The host Sens blitzed the Penguins and chased Fleury with four goals on nine shots in the first period en route to taking a 2-1 series lead.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan slept on his goaltending decision not once, but twice before declaring Murray the starter this …

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Tags: Column, Commentary, Facing Off, Marc-Andre Fleury, Matt Murray, Mike Sullivan, Penguins Goaltending, Pittsburgh Penguins, Top Story

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