Two hours before the puck dropped between the Penguins and Canucks at PPG Paints Arena on Wednesday evening, Mike Sullivan announced that Matt Murray would be the starting goaltender.
"We try to make the most informed decisions that we can," Sullivan said of the decision. "We try to consider everything, then we figure out what is important and what isn’t. ... This is a week where we have four games in six nights and both guys are going to get work.”
Tristan Jarry had the hot hand prior to Wednesday. In his three starts over the previous 11 days, Jarry had posted a 3-0 record and a .962 save percentage, making a combined 100 saves on 104 shots in those games. In Murray's last three starts, he earned an 0-1-2 record, stopping a combined 76 of 87 shots for an .874 save percentage.
In the final minute of the second period, Jarry entered the game after Murray allowed four goals on 14 shots.