Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Penguins 'leaning' toward starting Tristan Jarry for must-win game

The Pittsburgh Penguins face a goaltending dilemma ahead of Friday's must-win game versus the Montreal Canadiens.

Pittsbrugh dropped Wednesday's pivotal Game 3 to Montreal 4-3, and Penguins goaltender Matt Murray received criticism from fans and observers for allowing four goals on 31 shots and a winner deemed by many to be soft.

On Thursday, The Athletic's Rob Rossi told Adam Crowley of ESPN Pittsburgh that Pens coach Mike Sullivan is "leaning" toward replacing Murray with Tristan Jarry for Friday afternoon's elimination contest.

Murray started all three qualifier games in Toronto, but Jarry entered the bubble site with a better regular-season goals against average (2.43 to 2.87) and higher save percentage (.921 to .899) for the 2019-20 campaign that was halted on March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

If Pittsburgh defeats Montreal on Friday, the clubs will meet on Saturday for the series finale. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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