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Column: Murray blew it … and that’s almost ideal

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Joonas Donskoi celebrates his Game 3 overtime goal in front of Evgeni Malkin. -- DKPS

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Matt Murray blew it.

The Penguins can't say it, not even after he allowed the Sharks to tie on Joel Ward's shot from San Francisco, not even after he badly backed off Joonas Donskoi's overtime goal, not even after those cost him and his teammates a 3-2 loss Saturday night in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final and, of course, a chance to take a stranglehold on the series.

There's no way they could say it. Nor should they. That would be nuts at this stage.

And to their inestimable credit, they didn't.

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"I thought Matt was solid," Mike Sullivan said.

"He was solid," Sidney Crosby said.

There was a bunch more, too. Solid this, solid that.

But that's OK, because I can and will say it yet again: Murray blew it.

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