When Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan elected to start rookie goaltender Matt Murray over veteran Marc Andre Fleury for game 4 of his team’s Eastern Conference Final against the Ottawa Senators, many eyebrows were raised. Fleury has arguably been the best goaltender in the NHL playoffs and Murray had spent the better part of 2 months either in the press box or on the bench. Regardless, Murray was solid in his team’s 3-2 victory, followed it up with a game 5 shutout and has now cemented himself as the starting goalie moving forward.
About that game 5… it wasn’t so great for the Ottawa Senators and goaltender Craig Anderson. The 36 year-old veteran was pulled twice, on his birthday no less, by head coach Guy Boucher. While it’s clear that Anderson wasn’t on top of his game, he could hardly be blamed for all of the goals that got past him. Still, that wasn’t enough to prevent reporters from asking Boucher who he’d start in game 6 tomorrow in Ottawa. His response? Classic.
We love you Guy Boucher, please don’t ever change. The human quote machine clearly doesn’t like being asked about the status of his number one goaltender and isn’t interested in pushing the “goalie controversy” narrative that has existed in the Eastern Conference Final. Of course, to be fair, maybe if he had a goalie with Matt Murray’s ability on the bench, his decision may be different. But it’s unlikely that the team has much confidence in Mike Condon can outperform Anderson. Until then, it’s Andy or bust!