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Game 2: Will Penguins make the obvious adjustments or stand pat?

Anything out of a coaches mouth should be taken for a grain of salt at playoff time but Mike Sullivan at least publicly on Sunday sounded like an head coach who was pretty pleased with his clubs’ performance in Game 1, a 3-2 overtime loss to the underdog Montreal Canadiens.

Multiple sources close to the situation say what Sullivan put out to the media on Sunday has also been the general feeling inside the room since Game 1’s OT loss.

As expected, there will be no changes in goal tonight for Game 2. Matt Murray was always going to have least a two game window and word in the organization is the coaches feel Murray is on the cusp of finding his game as the coaches have been very encouraged with the strides Murray’s taken from the exhibition game vs the Flyers to Game 1.

The bigger question entering Game 2 was going to be what line changes and or personnel changes are made, if any at all.

The Penguins have a faster lineup than Montreal, but it’s more of a group that is quicker with the puck on their stick than it is without the puck. This group still doesn’t play with the speedy puck pursuit game in all three zones that made then so hard to beat four out of seven games during the back-to-back title runs.

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