Matt Murray is back on the ice with the Toronto Maple Leaf after having hip surgery at the start of the season, which gives us a great excuse to go back to the two-time Stanley Cup winner for another Pro Reads. Murray has been exceptional in this format after our extended sit down last summer, starting with a master class on managing screens in his debut before moving onto deflections, net play, post integration and managing a multiple-stance system.


Murray is facing an extended 5-on-3 Dallas Stars power play in this latest sequence, with several cross-ice passes and point-blank shots with a high degree of chaos built in, so rather than looking over a bunch of freeze frames, let’s watch the entire sequence of saves right away:

There’s a lot going on in this already tough sequence against the Stars, and the fact forward Mitch Marner doesn’t have his stick makes it ever harder for Murray and the Maple Leafs.
“This is one of those plays where everything is to our disadvantage here,” Murray said.
Murray is also admittedly “gassed” by this point in what was already a lengthy two-man disadvantage, so he’s the first to point out the technical flaws amid these movements.
Go back and watch it again to see if you can spot the technical mistakes in each of the cross-ice passes and shots. At the same time, can you also identify what Murray does well each time?


Now, let’s hear how Murray approached this wild shorthanded sequence:

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