Patience is paying off for Matt Murray, who reportedly will get a chance to regain his starting role in the Pittsburgh Penguins net on Friday in Game 4 of the NHL Eastern Conference final in Ottawa (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 8 p.m. ET).
Murray, who started 47 times during the regular season, has backed up Marc-Andre Fleury since returning from injury before Game 7 of a second-round series against the Washington Capitals.
Head coach Mike Sullivan chose to keep Fleury in net to start the conference final, leaving Murray to wait for another chance.
Fleury, who sports a 9-6-0 record and .924 save percentage in 15 games in these playoffs, was pulled from Game 3 after allowing four goals in the first period. Murray allowed one goal on 13 shots in relief during the 5-1 loss.
In his NHL career, the 22-year-old Murray has made 21 playoff starts and boasts a 2.05 goals-against average and .924 save percentage.
The Ottawa Senators lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.