Do not be alarmed: Matt Murray laughs after apparent discomfort during Penguins practice
Matt Murray coyly acknowledged consulting with assistant athletic trainer Patrick Steidle after appearing to be in discomfort early during Penguins practice Thursday. But after the session ended at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, the goalie was all smiles when asked about the potentially worrisome sequence.
“Yeah, I’m good,” Murray said, audibly scoffing and smiling cheekily.
When a reporter playfully said he expected more detail on what was bothering him, the typically stoic Murray chuckled.
“No, we will skip that one,” Murray said, then laughed again.
Murray has two shutouts in the four games during the Penguins’ first-round playoffs series against the Philadelphia Flyers. His goals-against average of 1.27 ranks third among goalies in the playoffs, his save percentage (.948) fourth.
Murray twice during this past regular season missed stretches of time because of injury, most recently nine games in February and March because of a concussion suffered in practice. It was during warm-ups for Game 1 of the first round last season that Murray suffered a lower-body injury that caused him to miss time.
Dating to last year’s Stanley Cup final, Murray has four shutouts in his past six postseason games.
Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.