However, the Penguins beat the Blue Jackets that night with Marc-Andre Fleury subbing for Murray in goal. They reeled off 14 more victories since — Fleury backstopping nine of those before Murray returned to the starter’s role during the Eastern Conference Final against the Ottawa Senators.
Others have stepped in and out of the lineup, too, because of injuries along the way suffered by key contributors like Hornqvist, Hagelin, Chris Kunitz, Nick Bonino, Justin Schultz, Trevor Daley and Tom Kuhnackl. Even Crosby, who leads all players with 19 postseason assists this spring, missed a game due to a concussion.
“With all the adversity this team has faced over the course of this season, what jumps out to me is just the character of the people that we have in our dressing room,” stated Sullivan.
A pair of Game 7 wins highlighted this run. The first came in the second round and on the road against the President’s Trophy-winning Washington Capitals, the next a double-overtime epic in the conference final against the Senators.
There are no simple solutions for the defending champions.
“I think it will be the hardest challenge in my life,” said Evgeni Malkin, who’s had his way with opposing defenses to the tune of a playoff-leading 24 points in 19 games. “I’ve never played a team who have six good defensemen. Usually, (a team has) like one Karlsson. Here, (they have) like four Karlssons. It’s a good challenge for me, for Sid (Crosby), for Phil (Kessel). We’ll see who’s better. I’m Cheap Baseball Jerseys China ready to play. I’m excited. I know it’s not easy. I know it’ll be hard.”
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Nashville’s top pairings of P.K. Subban with Mattias Ekholm and Roman Josi with Ryan Ellis would rival the No. 1 unit on any other team.