Marc Methot, Derek Brassard and Zack Smith also scored in the first period. Smith’s goal forced Penguins coach Mike Sullivan to pull goaltender Marc-André Fleury from the game and insert backup Matt Murray. The Senators scored the four goals on just nine shots with Fleury in net.
Fleury’s poor play Wednesday raises a question: Should Murray start Game 4 Friday?
Fleury did not look sharp, but he has played too well this postseason for the team to bail on him now. Plus, what happened Wednesday shouldn’t fall solely on Fleury.
The first two goals he gave up were bad bounces. On Hoffman’s goal, the puck took a bad bounce off the end boards and confused Fleury. On Methot’s goal that made it 2-0, the puck deflected off Ian Cole’s skate and went in.
Brassard received a backdoor pass alone in front and tapped it in to make it 3-0. By the time Smith undressed Fleury and scored a wraparound goal to make it 4-0, it was obvious Sullivan had to do something to stop the bleeding.
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