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The Penguins took the right approach in going into a meaningless game vs the Flyers of sitting Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, and they likely would have sat a few others if the rules permitted them to make more callups.

The approach with the goaltending position was a different one. Despite being one injury away from potentially having to start Jeff Zatkoff in game one of the playoffs, it didn’t deter the Penguins from starting Matt Murray vs the Flyers.

While the Penguins have felt Marc Andre Fleury could be fully cleared for game one of the playoffs this coming week, players recovering from concussion-like symptoms are always such an unknown, the opportunity to get Murray more experience in a high stakes environment still out-weighed any risks in the coaches eyes of starting Murray vs Philadelphia.

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Murray got his neck and the side of his head ran into by Braden Schenn in a hard collision and the Penguins now have their fingers crossed that a second Penguins goaltender isn’t down with a concussion.

“Certainly we regret that he got hurt,” Sullivan said after the game. “When you play hockey, you’re always going to run that risk. The coaching staff felt this was a good opportunity for Matt to gain a level of experience in a high-stakes environment. He hasn’t had a ton of opportunities to play in games, so we thought another game under his belt would be good for him and serve him well in the playoffs.”

Sullivan has developed such great confidence in Murray that the staff had been contemplating starting Murray Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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