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Penguins starting G Fleury in Game 5

May 23, 2016 - 6:00 PM PITTSBURGH -- Marc-Andre Fleury will replace rookie Matt Murray in goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a critical Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night.

The Penguins will be without defenseman Trevor Daley, who will miss the rest of the playoffs with a broken left ankle.

Fleury, who helped lead the Penguins to the Stanley Cup in 2009, hasn't started since March 31, when he was diagnosed with his second concussion of the season. He was 35-17-6 during the season.

Murray, 21, is 9-4 with a 2.33 goals-against average that is fourth among NHL playoff goalies, but he allowed four goals in the first two periods of a 4-3 loss in Game 4 in which the Penguins fell behind by four goals. Fleury replaced him and stopped all seven shots he faced.

Coach Mike Sullivan knows he is taking a major gamble in a series that's tied 2-2 by benching Murray, whose nine playoff wins are the most by a rookie goalie in 10 years.

Murray has won 16 of his last 20 starts, and Fleury has played in only one game in 51 days.

"Matt's terrific. He understands. He gets it -- he's a mature kid," Sullivan said. "If, and when, he's called upon to go back into the net, he'll go back into the net."

Daley was hurt when he and Lightning forward Ryan Callahan slammed into the boards chasing a puck in Game 4 on Friday. Daley has one goal and five assists in the playoffs and is second on the team in average ice time to defenseman Kris Letang.

"He's a tough guy to replace," Sullivan said of Daley. "He's really made our team a better team. He's a mobile guy. He can move the puck. He's got real good offensive instincts. He's a real solid two-way defenseman and it's hard to replace those guys, but we've done it all year and we'll deal with it again."