NHL playoffs: Fleury’s early exit leaves Penguins coach Mike Sullivan with tough call

The Penguins were embarrassed 5-1 by the Senators in Game 3 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals Wednesday, and now Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is under fire after a rough outing.

Fleury allowed four goals on the Senators’ first nine shots in the first period before he was pulled in favor of Matt Murray. Fleury’s struggles could cause the Penguins to start Murray in Game 4 on Friday.

Forsberg then tied the game 3:54 into the third on a rebound and Josi caught Ducks goalie John Gibson looking the wrong way on a rebound for the easy game-winner. Josi’s goal was set up by a terrible penalty by the Ducks’ Chris Wagner for high-sticking Ellis with 3:55 left. It snapped Nashville’s 0-for-11 drought with the man advantage.

The Predators are the first NHL team in 20 years to win 10 consecutive home playoff games.

Not since the 2011-12 Kings has a team seemed so certain to make it all the way.

Three stars

3. Filip Forsberg, Predators — Forsberg has a goal in all three games in the series, brining his playoff point total to 11.

2. John Gibson, Ducks — Gibson made 38 saves and was run over twice. His mental lapse on the final goal put a damper on an otherwise excellent performance that kept the Ducks in Game 3.

1. Roman Josi, Predators — Josi is tied with fellow defenseman Ryan Ellis with 10 points in these playoffs, second in the NHL behind Erik Karlsson.

Eastern Conference finals: Penguins at Senators, Game 3, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN (Series tied 1-1) — Ottawa has effectively deployed its methodical trap system in all but one period so far in the series, but Phil Kessel exploited that lapse and it’s now a best-of-five affair. The Sens will continue to do what Fc Barcelona Cheap Jerseys has worked; it’s up to the Penguins to capitalize on the few opportunities Find Cheap Jerseys they’ll be afforded.

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