Murray's Career Continues To Flourish
It is getting difficult to keep up with everything that Matt Murray is accomplishing since finishing a strong season as a 19 year old with the Soo Greyhounds of the OHL. After ending his junior career as the OHL Goalie of the Year runner-up and being the last cut for Canada's World Junior Team, Matt embarked on his pro ambitions.
Signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins after being their 3rd round draft pick in 2012, Matt played for the Penguins' AHL team in Wilkes Barre. He had an incredible year finishing first in every goalie category: save percentage (.941), GAA (1.58) and shutouts (12). Murray set the AHL record for most shutouts as well as the longest shutout streak (304 minutes - 5 games). He capped the season by sweeping the AHL awrds: AHL First All-Star Team, AHL top goalie and its top rookie as well.
"Murr-dog" started this season playing in the AHL and continued putting up remarkable numbers prior to being called up to the NHL. His save percentage this season in Wilkes Barre was .931 with 4 shutouts and a 2.10 GAA. Murray made his NHL debut on December 19 and was recalled for good on February 21. The 21 year old's record during the NHL regular season was 9-2-1 with a .930 save percentage, a 2.00 GAA and 1 shutout.
With Fleury out of the line-up with an injury, Murray has played the last two playoff games for the Penguins helping them secure a stranglehold 3-1 lead over the NY Rangers. He has stopped 47 of 48 shots faced in those two games. To read more about his first playoff start click here For his second game click here
It takes years of hard work to become an overnight success. To gain some perspective on his rise to these lofty heights click here