Murray, Forsberg out indefinitely for Senators


Matt Murray and Anton Forsberg are out indefinitely for the Ottawa Senators.

Each goalie sustained an injury Saturday when the Senators lost to the Vancouver Canucks 4-2. Forsberg was hurt in warmups and Murray started and left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury after allowing one goal in 24:13.

“Murray looks like he’ll be out a little longer than [Forsberg],” coach D.J. Smith said Monday. “They’ll be reevaluated and we’ll know more tomorrow.”

Goalies Marcus Hogberg and Filip Gustavsson, who was recalled from Belleville of the American Hockey League, will dress when the Senators host the Canucks on Monday (7 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS2, SNP, NHL.TV). Kevin Mandolese also was promoted from Belleville on Monday and will serve as Ottawa’s No. 3 goalie.

Smith said it is too early to determine if Murray’s injury is season ending. The Senators final game is scheduled at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs on May 12.

“It’s up in the air at this point,” Smith said. “I will wait on the trainers to see what the deal is there but it is unfortunate. 

“We wanted this runway to get his game back. We saw some glimpses of that, two shutouts down the stretch here, and it’s a shame he’s not part of that going forward. But it’s an opportunity for someone else.”

Murray is 10-13-1 with a 3.38 goals-against average and an .893 save percentage in 27 games (25 starts) this season. The goalie was acquired in a trade from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 7 and signed a four-year, $25 million contract ($6.25 million average annual value) with the Senators two days later. After a slow start to the season, he’d shown noticeable signs of improvement, including three wins and two shutouts in his past three starts, after Zac Bierk was named goaltending coach April 6.

Forsberg, who is 2-3-1 with a 3.18 GAA and a .910 save percentage in six games, was scheduled to start Saturday but was injured warming up. When Murray subsequently left the game in the second period, Hogberg, who was elevated from the taxi squad, came into the game, and forward Artem Anisimov, who was on the taxi squad, put on goalie equipment to serve as the team’s emergency backup if needed.

“Just warming up before the game, he got tangled up,” Smith said of Forsberg. “Stuff happens. It’s unfortunate but hopefully he’ll be back soon.”

Smith said the entire team appreciated Anisimov’s gesture.

“A guy who’s been in the League this long (770 games) easily didn’t have to do that,” Smith said. “It’s a lot of credit to him and his character.

“The guys certainly enjoyed seeing him in [goalie equipment].”

Hogberg is 2-7-0 with a 4.14 GAA and an .869 save percentage. Gustavsson is 2-1-0 with a 1.81 GAA and a .946 save percentage in four games (three starts) with the Senators.

Ottawa (17-27-4) is last in the seven-team Scotia North Division, 11 points behind the fourth-place Montreal Canadiens. The top four teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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