Matt Murray resembled a wall of concrete in front of the Toronto Maple Leaf’s goal. He was simply impossible to solve Tuesday night, according to Jason Robertson and the Dallas Stars. The Stars gave Murray all they had, but they couldn’t overcome the Maple Leafs’ 3-0 victory.
Following his victory over the Stars, Murray is receiving praise from everyone, with Maple Leaf’s head coach Sheldon Keefe nearly at a loss for words when describing how outstanding the goaltender was against the Stars (h/t Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun).
On Murray, Keefe said: “Perfect. Perfect in the game and on the scoresheet. made tremendous saves in crucial situations. The number of penalties we committed might have been a serious issue, but Murr played really well. He was amazing in that 5-on-3 situation.
Murray took in many of the Stars’ unrelenting shots. Dallas made an effort, but they were unable to purchase a goal. Given that Dallas launched 93 total shots, the most in a regular season game at least since the 2009–10 season (h/t Arda Ocal of ESPN), the Stars likely would have won with a big score if any other goalie had been protecting the Maple Leafs’ net on Tuesday.
“The Stars attempted 93 shots against the @MapleLeafs, but no goals were scored. Since the NHL began tracking shot attempts in 2009–10, it is the most by a club that has been shut out in a regular season game. The Predators’ 87 against the Stars on December 27, 2018, was the previous record. In total, Murray stopped 44 out of the 44 shots he faced, including two while the Maple Leafs were shorthanded.