Matt Murray's Injury Reportedly Diagnosed as Hamstring Tear

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) plays against the Nashville Predators in game 2 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals hockey game, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins had to survive without Matt Murray for the first two rounds of their Stanley Cup run, due to what turned out to be a relatively serious injury.

The team's starting goalie suffered a torn hamstring at the start of the postseason, per Pittsburgh sportswriter Shelly Anderson.

Marc-Andre Fleury appeared in the first 15 games for Pittsburgh before Murray took over for the last 10 starts.

Murray was apparently healthy beginning in the Eastern Conference Final, but he didn't take over until Game 3 when Fleury was pulled in the first period. He finished the playoffs with a 7-3 record and an average of 1.70 goals against, including three shutouts.

Fleury had just a 2.56 goals-against average.

Interestingly, an injury to Fleury at the start of the postseason is how Murray got his start in the first place. He took over for the veteran after just 13 career regular-season starts and led the Penguins to the title. Adding the 2017 championship, this made him the first goalie ever to win two Stanley Cups while technically still a rookie.

Still, the 23-year-old was respectful to his teammate after the win.

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"Fleury is the biggest reason why we even got here," Murray said after the Game 6 win, per Sportsnet. "He's been a special person for me, a huge mentor."

The ability to easily transition between goalies is a big reason the Penguins are champions once again.


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