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After Rinne rebounded, spotlight now on Pens' Murray for Game Five

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- The Pittsburgh Penguins were back on the ice today at the Lemieux Sports Complex getting their work in before Game Five of the Stanley Cup final Thursday night in PPG Paints Arena.

The series is tied at two wins apiece after the Predators held serve in both of their games in Bridgestone Arena. Nashville went home with major questions surrounding goaltender Pekka Rinne that the veteran answered with strong play at home, and the Penguins now face a similar scenario around goaltender Matt Murray.

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Coach Mike Sullivan said yesterday that goaltending didn't lose the Penguins the game in their 4-1 defeat in Game Four and he's probably right. But it didn't help either as Murray has been showing a leaky glove hand of late and there's plenty of calls for Marc-Andre Fleury to go back into the goal he ceded to Murray during Game Three of the East final in Ottawa.

"It's not something I think about at all to be honest," Murray said today. "What they think about is what they think about and I have no control over that. The coach decides who play. It's not something that takes up much of my mind.

"I just go about my business, do my thing. When I play, I'm ready to play.  Especially this time of year, there's a lot of noise, a lot of distraction. It's really about pretending it doesn't exist."

Both teams' goalies have struggled badly on the road in this series. Check out the numbers:

Pekka Rinne, Nashville
Games              GA/SA        GAA Sv%
Games 1-2         8/36          4.71 .778
Games 3-4         2/52         1.01 .962
Totals               10/87         2.71 .886

Matt Murray, Pittsburgh
Games     GA/SA    GAA Sv%
1-2            4/64      2.02 .938
3-4             8/58       4.03 .862
Totals        12/122    3.03 .902

Murray said he's been given no indication who is starting in Game Five.

"And even if I did," Murray said with a smile, "I'm not telling you."

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