TAMPA, Fla. -- Matt Murray will be the Penguins' starter for the do-or-die Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final, Mike Sullivan confirmed after the team's Tuesday morning skate at Amalie Arena.
Murray was chosen over Marc-Andre Fleury, who returned from a two-month concussion absence for Game 5 and allowed goals on four of the Lightning's final 14 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss Sunday. The coach acknowledged that Fleury's possible rust was a factor in the decision.
"Matt has played extremely well for us in the playoffs," Sullivan said. "I think his performance speaks for itself. He's won big games. He's made timely saves. He's had a calming effect on our group. He's been thrown into a tough situation and handled it extremely well. At this point in the season, we don't have the luxury of letting players play through things. We have to win a hockey game. That's how we look at it."
The following were the Penguins' combinations at the skate: