Monday’s Practice Buzz
An emotional Matt Murray thanked the Penguins organization, teammates and fans for the support he’s received since the passing of his father.
“I just want to say a big thanks, first of all, to Pittsburgh,” Murray said with tears in his eyes after practice. “The team did a lot for me, helping me get home. I also want to say thanks to my teammates.”
Every grieves at their own pace and the Penguins told Murray to take as much time as he needed.
Murray: “Hockey definitely took a back seat for a couple days, but when you’re out there, it’s kind of a sanctuary.” pic.twitter.com/OFBO3J6sdD
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 22, 2018
From coaches to teammates, everyone was thrilled to see Murray back at the rink.
“It’s great to see him back on the ice,” Sullivan said. “We’re just trying to support him in any way that we can. It’s a difficult circumstance, it’s hard to lose a parent and it’s a difficult time. Everybody grieves differently. We’re just trying to be here and be supportive of him in any way that we can.”
Murray’s status for Tuesday night is still unknown as Mike Sullivan told reporters he would have a discussion with Matt this afternoon regarding tomorrow’s game.
All three goaltenders practiced today. Casey DeSmith has started the past two games, posting a .954 save percentage.
The Penguins have two home games remaining before the All-Star break vs Carolina and Minnesota.
I think we’ll see Murray in at least one of them before the break.
“We have some important games coming up,” said Murray.
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