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Encouraging news for Matt Murray, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and their fans.

According to General Manager Jim Rutherford, Murray won't need surgery to repair his broken hand. He's still expected to miss three-to-six weeks, and we'd expect the youngster to get all the time he needs considering it'll be Marc-Andre Fleury in net.
Sep 24 - 2:04 PM

With Matt Murray set to begin the season on the shelf with a broken hand, Marc-Andre Fleury will get first rights at Pittsburgh's crease.

Murray suffered a broken hand during Team North America's bout with Team Russia, and will be out "three-to-six weeks" according to the Penguins. Fleury meanwhile is looking to have his third straight season of improvement. He's entering his age-32 season but the veteran netminder has arguably never been better than he's been over the last two campaigns. Pittsburgh was demonstrably hockey's best team in the 2017 portion of the calendar, and it's hard to imagine why that would change.
Sep 24 - 12:27 PM

The Penguins have announced that Matt Murray will be out "three-to-six week" with a broken hand.

The injury came during Team North America's bout with Team Russia, which may help explain why he gave up four goals in a little over six minutes during the second period. Needless to say, Marc-Andre Fleury will enter the season as Pittsburgh's starter. Expect Murray to return between mid-October and early-November.
Sep 24 - 12:22 PM

Phil Kessel (hand) participated in Friday's practice.

Kessel's aim is to be ready for the Penguins' season opener. He's recovery from surgery in July.
Sep 24 - 6:44 AM

Matt Murray (thumb) won't be in the lineup for Wednesday's World Cup match versus Sweden.

He was wearing a splint/wrap on his blocker-hand thumb after practice on Tuesday. Murray wasn't concerned by the injury after he was hurt on Monday night against Russia. Perhaps he will be back in the crease in the next round of the tournament, but for now he should be considered day-to-day.
Sep 21 - 12:59 PM

Phil Kessel took a swipe at USA Hockey for their World Cup snub.

Minutes after the United States' hopes of winning a medal ended with a 4-2 loss to Canada, Kessel tweeted, "Just sitting around the house tonight w my dog. Felt like I should be doing something important, but couldn’t put my finger on it." It was Kessel's third tweet all year, which might emphasize just how much he wanted to make his feelings on the subject known. Of course his exclusion from Team USA ended up being moot because he would have probably missed the tournament anyways after having bone chips removed from his hand back in July, but it still was a curious decision to snub him in the first place though it was likely part of their general emphasis on grit, which of course didn't pay dividends. Either way, USA Hockey has some reevaluation to do after how the World Cup played out.
Sep 21 - 5:29 AM

Trevor Daley's ankle has responded well to his training over the last three or four weeks.

Daley missed the last nine games of the Penguins' playoff run after breaking his ankle. "I feel great," said Daley. "I don't feel like I've missed a step at all. I feel good about my game, and I'm just excited to get it going." He's in a bit of an interesting position as this is the second campaign in a row that he'll be opening the season with the defending champions. Though he wasn't part of Chicago's 2015 Stanley Cup-winning run, he was part of the Blackhawks at the start of 2015-16, so he got to see firsthand the challenges that come with being on the team that everyone's looking to dethrone.
Sep 21 - 5:23 AM

Matt Murray hurt his blocker-hand thumb midway through the second period of Monday's World Cup match against Russia.

"It's something pretty minor, I just jammed my thumb a little bit," he said after the game. It wouldn't be surprising if he was back between the pipes on Wednesday against Sweden.
Sep 20 - 1:55 PM

Phil Kessel (hand) expects to be ready when the regular season begins.

He had a bone chip in his hand and could be limited at the beginning of training camp. Kessel may skip some practices as a result, but he still believes he will be ready to go when it counts.
Sep 20 - 12:31 PM

Matt Murray allowed four goals on 19 shots before being pulled in the second period of Team North America's 4-3 loss to Team Russia in a World Cup game in Toronto Monday night.

Murray was replaced by John Gibson, who stopped all six shots he faced. Murray seemed a bit tired after a fine performance in a 4-1 World Cup win over Finland Sunday night. He made 24 saves in that one.
Sep 19 - 11:44 PM

Matt Murray will be back between the pipes for Team North America on Monday night.

He stopped 24 shots in a 4-1 win against Finland Sunday night. The North American squad will face Russia in their second game of the tournament.
Sep 19 - 12:32 PM

Ethan Prow should start the season in the AHL.

The unrestricted free agent signed in March with the Penguins after a great season with St. Cloud State in which he was a Hobey Baker finalist. Prow is a puck moving blueliner and had eight goals and 38 points in 37 games last season in college hockey. "I’m not necessarily going to be overly physical against those guys, or overpower those big guys," Prow said. "I just stick to my game. I’m a puck-mover, making those first passes and hopefully getting the puck up quick enough that it’s not on my stick long enough for those guys to come at you. Prow may have fantasy significance in a couple of seasons but with Kris Letang and Olli Maatta ahead of him on the depth charts, it may take longer.
Sep 19 - 8:57 AM

Matt Murray stopped 24 of 25 shots in Team North America's 4-1 win over Finland on Sunday.

Murray was solid, but his team helped by dominating the opposition for most of the game. Valtteri Filppula broke Murray's shutout with just over four minutes remaining in the game. With Team North America playing tomorrow, it'll be interesting to see if head coach Todd McLellan opts to start Murray again or if he goes with backup goalie John Gibson. Either way, it looks like Team North America will be a force in this tournament.
Sep 18 - 11:06 PM

Matt Murray will get the start in Sunday's game against Finland.

Earlier this week, Team North America head coach Todd McLellan mentioned that Murray would be the likely starter. Still, it's impressive to see how far Murray has come in such a short amount of time. This time last year, no one even expected to play with the Penguins and months later he was the starting goaltender on a Stanley Cup-winning team. Anaheim's John Gibson will serve as his backup.
Sep 18 - 1:56 PM

Sidney Crosby scored a goal and two assists in Canada's 6-0 win over the Czech Republic

And with that, Canada starts the tournament with a bang. Crosby opened the scoring in the first period when he banked the puck off Czech goalie Michal Neuvirth and in the net. Crosby then picked up an assist on Brad Marchand's first period goal and Joe Thornton's second period goal. Patrice Bergeron, Jonathan Toews and Alex Pietrangelo also scored for Canada. Their next game is Tuesday against the United States.
Sep 17 - 11:19 PM


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