The second round matchup between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins has an easy narrative: Alex Ovechkin vs Sidney Crosby. However, there is a one-on-one battle brewing between the pipes as Marc-Andre Fleury attempts to out-duel Braden Holtby, one of the best playoff goalies in recent NHL history.
Young netminder Matt Murray was fantastic for the Penguins during last year’s run to the Stanley Cup, having taken the job after Fleury got injured. When the veteran finally got a chance in net, he faltered and Pens head coach Mike Sullivan jumped back to Murray. But teams, fans, and media members alike were impressed by how Flower, as he’s known, handled the situation.