The news surrounding the Piistburgh Penguins this week are not the greatest. If we have to mention it, the team lost 8-4 to the to Big Bad Bruins last night, and that is enough to ruin the entire week. But it didn't start off great to begin with...
On Tuesday, it was announced that star goalie Matt Murray will be out indefinitely. The announcement came fresh of the heels of a concussion diagnosis for Murray, a particularly frustrating one for the Penguins as it comes at the hands of Murray's teammate Olli Maatta. On Monday, Murray was struck in the head by a hard shot from the 23-year-old Penguins defenseman and, while we were sure that Maatta by no means meant to hurt Murray, these are the kind of incidents you want to avoid at all costs during a practice sessions.
Head coach Mike Sullivan confirmed the Murray injury when speaking to reporters on Tuesday and also made it clear that he felt very comfortable moving forward with the guys he currently has on his roster.
"We believe in the guys we have," Sullivan said as per NHL.com. "Both Casey and Tristan are very good goalies. They've played extremely well for us. They've helped us win games when they've been in the lineup. We've had some success with some inexperienced guys."
Here is a big of sunshine for you though, dear Penguins fans. Murray was on the ice this morning, back on skate and he practiced on his own before his teammates were in action.
The young goalie, who has a way of getting injured at the worse time, is 23-13-2 with a 2.82 goals-against average and a 0.909 save percentage over 41 games with the Penguins this season. 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 return in time for the playoffs.