Which goalie will the Pens start in Game 5? ‘I haven’t really given it any thought at this point,’ says Sullivan

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Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final should be an interesting one.

With the series now tied 2-2, the Penguins face an interesting dilemma going into the next game. Do they stick with Matt Murray, who they pulled on Friday night, or do they go back to old reliable, Marc-Andre Fleury?

After the game, head coach Mike Sullivan wasn’t interested in tipping his hand when it came to his goaltending situation.

“I haven’t really given it any thought at this point,” said Sullivan.

Murray’s been fantastic for the Penguins this postseason. The 21-year-old has a 9-4 record with a 2.33 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage. Will that be enough to get him at least one more start? We’ll find out soon, but the way the Pens played in front of Fleury in the third period won’t help Murray’s case.

Maybe it was a coincidence, but Fleury’s arrival in the third period seemed to spark the Penguins. Trailing 4-0 going into the third period of Game 4, Pittsburgh not only dominated the period but they also came close to tying the game in the dying seconds of the third frame.

“I thought he was solid,” Sullivan said of Fleury. “I thought he looked good. He was moving well. He made a couple of saves. So I thought it was solid.”

Game 5 goes Sunday night in Pittsburgh.