If the New York Islanders established a scouting report for their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series listing the most dangerous scorers on the Pittsburgh Penguins vaunted roster, it's fair to say Douglas Murray's name probably wasn't on it. Boasting one of the most star-studded lineups in hockey, there are several players on the Penguins' blue line who can contribute with timely scoring. Like Norris Trophy finalist Kris Letang, who has done his part by totaling two goals and six points in five playoff games. The two goals entering Game 6 Saturday on Long Island (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS) ties Letang with six other defensemen for the most in the postseason. That list includes Murray, who came into the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs having scored two goals combined in the past three seasons. "I always try to contribute with getting the puck to the net," Murray said. "It's something I've worked on for years. I think I've got some pretty good shots on the net in the past two years without results. I'm just going to stay at it and hope to get more there. Also, the last goal was a pretty lucky bounce -- you need those sometimes. Whenever you can contribute, it's great." Murray may have benefitted from a lucky bounce when he scored Pittsburgh's second goal in the Penguins' 4-0 win against Islanders in Game 5. But his goal in the second period of Game 4 was pure snipe. Taking a feed from Evgeni Malkin, Murray wired a shot that beat Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov to the glove side for his first playoff goal in three years. With two goals in his past three playoff games, Murray has doubled his career postseason goal total. And he's done it by keeping things simple.
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NHL.com | May 11