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Author: Kevin Woodley

Penguins Matt Murray Out After Breaking Hand at World Cup

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Saturday that Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Matt Murray would miss three to six weeks after breaking his hand while playing for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey, opening the door for Marc-Andre Fleury to reclaim the No.1 job he lost to a concussion at the start of last year’s playoff run. The injury also helps explain how the normally unflappable Murray gave up four goals on four consecutive shots before being pulled from the second period of a 4-3 loss to Team Russia. All four goals, including one that squeezed under the blocker,...

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Las Vegas Hires Ex-Capitals Goalie Coach Dave Prior

The new NHL franchise in Las Vegas, which will begin play in 2017-18, announced on Wednesday they have hired Dave Prior as their director of goaltending and NHL goaltender coach. News of Prior’s hiring is hardly a surprise given he worked under recently named Las Vegas general manager George McPhee with the Washington Capitals from 1997 to 2013. There was widespread speculation in the goalie coaching community McPhee would re-unite with Prior, who has a strong history of finding goaltending talent. If there was a surprise, it was with the dual roles announced Wednesday. According to a story last week...

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Martin Jones Evolution to Sharks No.1 and Stanley Cup Final

For a lot of professional goaltenders, the evolution to the NHL is filled with tactical tweaks and technical tightening. For Martin Jones, the path from undrafted free agent to No.1 goaltender for the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup Final moved in the opposite direction. For Jones, the calming, positionally and technically sound approach that has been evident throughout most of his run to the Cup Final has been there since he was a teenager, skating with then Vancouver Canucks coaches Marc Crawford and Ian Clark and their goaltending sons after practice at Rogers Arena, where his dad...

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Penguins Turn Back To Matt Murray For Game 6

The Pittsburgh Penguins are going back to 21-year-old rookie Matt Murray with the season on the line against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan wasted little time announcing Murray as his starter for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final. “The reason, just like we make all of our lineup decisions, is that we try to put players on the ice that we think try to give us the best chance to win,” Sullivan told reporters in Tampa Bay. Sullivan is already being second-guessed for starting Fleury in Game 5 on Sunday, a 4-3 overtime...

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