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Penguins reunion with Matt Murray ruined by COVID-19

Patric Hornqvist thanked the Penguins for their stick-tapping tribute on his return to Pittsburgh in a way the winger probably didn’t intend: His miss on the shootout saw Bryan Rust and Jeff Carter’s goals push the Penguins to a 3-2 extra-time win over the visiting Panthers on Nov. 12, 2021. brought .

NHL: November 11 Panthers at Penguins

Tristan Jarry saves Florida’s Patric Hornqvist during the shootout on November 11, 2021.
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Due to the division-separated 2020-21 NHL bubble, the Penguins faced only opponents within the East Division last season. That reunited them with former teammates like Conor Sheary and Justin Schultz in Washington and Jack Johnson with the Rangers, but kept them from seeing Hornqvist so far.

Their next big reunion – the team’s first time up against former starting netminder Matt Murray – was scheduled for Saturday, November 13. Murray may have been able to take revenge on the Penguins who picked him for a runoff in October. 2020 (and also fighting for its first win of the season) when Pittsburgh visited Ottawa this Saturday.

That is, if he hadn’t been added to the senators’ crowded COVID-19 protocol list on Thursday.

This last minute change could come as a disappointment to the Penguins as before being removed from the lineup Murray suffered through one of the coldest goalkeeping streaks he has ever recorded.

After finishing five seasons and two championships in Pittsburgh by posting a .899 save percentage in his final 2019-20 season with the Penguins, Murray spent the 2020-21 season with the Ottawa Senators. There, he marked the lowest marks of his NHL career.

Granted, the Senators’ defense didn’t do him much favors, but Natural Stat Trick reports Murray faced an average of 7.78 high-danger shots per game in 2020-21, which isn’t exactly the toughest competition you’ll encounter. in the NHL — in fact, it ranked 49th in riskiest odds against per game.

Despite that fact, Murray marked a 10-13-1 record, a career-low percentage of 0.893 saves and an average of 3.38 goals.

Murray has yet to record a win in the five games he has competed in during the 2021-22 campaign. One of his toughest games of the season to date came on Nov. 1, when the Blackhawks scored their first win of the season (in their tenth game) by scoring five goals against Murray and the visiting Senators.

Murray’s next chance to take on the Penguins comes when they return to Ottawa on December 31. Will the two-time Stanley Cup champion celebrate New Year’s Eve by making his way back up the victory column?