Pittsburgh Penguins' fans held their breath on Saturday night, just seconds after the start of the game against the Montreal Canadiens. As you can see in the following sequence, star goaltender Matt Murray went down after a questionable hit from Habs' little pest, Brendan Gallagher.
Knowing Gallagher's style, do you believe this was accidental? We have to admit it was scary, nonetheless. Especially when we know that Murray has been diagnosed with a concussion just over a month ago...
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Sam Werner and NHL.com's Tom Gulitti both noted that the 23-year-old netminder took some time to get up, but that he looks just fine:
"Matt Murray slow to get up there, but looks OK."
"Matt Murray a little slow to get up after Brendan Gallagher crashed into him, but appears OK."
The young goalie, who has a way of getting injured at the worse time, has a record of 25 wins, 15 losses and 3 OT losses this season, with a 2.91 goals-against average and a 0.907 save percentage over 46 games with the Penguins. He won't be able to rely on backup Marc-Andre Fleury this time around during the postseason, so we are sure hoping he will be fully healthy for the playoffs.
Some fans were pretty surprised, and upset, that nobody went and defended Murray after this questionable play:
Conor Sheary, Patric Hornqvist (who scored his 200th career NHL goal), and Carl Hagelin were all able to beat Habs' goaltender Antti Niemi in the first period. Pittsburgh has a 3-2 lead over the Canadiens after 20 minutes of play.
Sidney Crosby makes a huge declaration about Carey Price ahead of tonight's game
Carey Price has had a very difficult 2017-18 season. Not only did the 30-year-old star goaltender suffer two serious injuries (a lower-body injury in November, and a concussion at the end of February) that forced him to miss nearly two months, but his performances have not been nearly as good as we have seen over the past seasons.
When we look at his stats sheet (16 wins, 24 losses, 6 OT losses, 3.07 GAA and .902 SV%), it is actually hard to believe he won the Ted Lindsay award, as well as the Hart, Vezina and William M. Jennings trophies just three years ago.
Now even though he won't be suiting up in tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby decided to talk about Price, and how he is certainly going to bounce back next season. Here's what he told La Presse's reporter, Richard Labbe:
"I'm sure he's going to bounce back. He has been so good since the start of his career, it's been extremely hard for him this season because of all these injuries. There's so much pressure on his shoulders, especially in Montreal. Being a goaltender isn't easy. But he's one of the best, and I am not worried at all."
Crosby also added that the reason Price hasn't been playing so well this year may be quite simple:
"It's hard to stay at the top year after year. The expectations are high, and things don't always go as well as you would like. People expect you to be better every year. You can work hard, and you can prepare youself, but you never know how it's gonna go during the season. Carey had to face a lot of obstacles and adversity, he's had ups and downs. But he also had incredible seasons, and he's an incredible goaltender so I'm sure he'll be just fine."
Do you think Carey Price is gonna be able to bounce back if he stays healthy? Keep in mind the Habs signed him to an eight-year, $84 million contract...
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