Matt Murray (Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)
Thursday could be a big day for Pittsburgh Penguins rookie goaltender Matt Murray. The 22-year-old has a shot at winning the Stanley Cup — and maybe even the Conn Smythe Trophy — on the same day he has a street named after him.
Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray has had an outstanding run through the post-season, and the 22-year-old goaltender is on the cusp of backstopping his club to a Stanley Cup in his first NHL campaign, something only a few rookie netminders have ever done before.
In 19 games, Murray is 14-5-0 with a 2.09 goals-against average and .925 save percentage, and Murray’s calm and cool personality has been one of the talking points throughout the post-season. That said, the netminder will definitely have some sort of nerves, if even in passing, as he prepares to potentially help the Penguins secure the franchise’s fourth Stanley Cup.
As if simply playing in Game 5 with a chance to win the sport’s greatest prize isn’t enough, though, Murray will have another honor to think about heading into the contest. We’re not talking about the Conn Smythe Trophy, though that is a possibility for Murray, but rather a civic honor: Murray will be honored with his very own street come Thursday. Seriously.
Ahead of Game 5, the City of Pittsburgh will officially change the name of Murray Ave., to “Matt Murray Ave.,” to honor the Penguins netminder, but it’s only for the day.
Pittsburgh City Council passed a “Will of Council” on Tuesday that will make the name change a reality. Reportedly backed by 20,000 listeners, local radio DJ Bubba, of the eponymous Bubba Show, brought the idea to a councilman, and that set the entire plan in motion.
“The Council of the City of Pittsburgh does hereby call upon the City of Pittsburgh to rename Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill and Greenfield “Matt Murray Avenue” for Thursday, June 9, 2016 in honor of Game Five of the Stanley Cup,” reads the official Will of Council, which also lists several of Murray’s accomplishments.
Per the Pittsburgh Gazette, “the city will print a sign to place at the 5-way intersection of Murray and Forward avenues,” which will also be lined with signs from the Bubba and his show’s fans. The street is roughly five miles from the Penguins home at the CONSOL Energy Center, and it seems like as good a meeting place as any for fans in the area should Pittsburgh capture the Cup on Thursday.
No word what happens should the Penguins drop Game 5, but if the series shifts back to Pittsburgh for Game 7, maybe Sidney St., which sits two miles away on the other side of the Monongahela River, becomes Sidney Crosby St., and the City of Pittsburgh tries this all over again.