Found May 09, 2013 on
from Stu Hackel of Sports Illustrated,
The eyes of Pittsburgh -- and the rest of the NHL -- will be trained on the Penguins' goal where Marc-André Fleury won't be standing in the crease when Game 5 of their series against the Islanders begins.
Instead of the athletic 28-year-old Fleury, who has 79 games of playoff experience, two trips to the final round, and a Stanley Cup on his resume, 36-year-old veteran Tomas Vokoun will guard the net. A veteran who distinguished himself on too many non-playoff clubs over the years, Vokoun has but 11 postseason appearances -- none since 2007 for Nashville -- and has never won a playoff series.
The switch is a gamble that Penguins coach Dan Bylsma has to make because Fleury has gone from being a springtime hero to springtime liability in the last few years. He's been unable to cover up the low corners, and he's comically fumbled the puck and had it leak through him. We've seen it before and we're seeing it aga...
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The Pittsburgh Penguins Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves in his first playoff appearance in six years on Thursday.
His feat lead Pittsburgh to a 4-0 victory over the New York Islanders.
The Penguins goaltending change helped them secure a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
Marc-Andre Fleury had struggled for the Penguins after blanking New York in the series...
During the offseason Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero signed goaltender Tomas Vokoun for multiple reasons. For the entire 2011-12 NHL season the Penguins did not have a dependable backup for Marc-Andre Fleury, and when he faltered there was no place to go. This was never more evident than the display put on during the terrible [...]
On Wednesday, after the Pittsburgh Penguins cancelled their previously scheduled “optional” practice, Coach Dan Bylsma announced that Tomas Vokoun would get the start in game five against the New York Islanders. This decision by the Penguins coaching staff, of course, came after the 6-4 loss on Long Island Tuesday evening. It is obvious that Marc-Andre [...]
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Vokoun has played 11 career playoff games, all with the Nashville Predators. Game 5 will be his first playoff action since 2007. He has a career .922 save percentage and one shutout in those 11 contests.
Marc-Andre Fleury started the first four games of the series. He went 2-2 with a 3.40 goals-against average, .891 save percentage and one shutout.
Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 shots in his first playoff start in six years and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Islanders 4-0 on Thursday night in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.
Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy and Douglas Murray scored during a seven-minute stretch in the second period and Kris Letang added a power-play goal in the third as Pittsburgh moved a step...
From the Penguins' Sam Kasan:
Tomas Vokoun will be the Penguins starting goaltender in Game 5 Thursday night against the NY Islanders at CONSOL Energy Center.
“We brought Tomas Vokoun in to play big games for us and be a goaltender we can count on to go in and play big games. He’s done that this year for us,” head coach Dan Bylsma said.
In four games – three...
In the salary-cap era, it seems really strange to have your team's backup goaltender making $2 million a year, especially when your number-one goalie is making $5 million. The summer following Fleury's collapse in the Flyers series, the memory was still fresh on Ray Shero's mind, and he made a move. He traded for Tomas Vokoun and quickly turned around and signed him to...
The entire arena goes black. The music begins to play. Down from the rafters comes Tomas Vokoun to goaltend in the nude with his hands tied behind his back with the intent to stop every puck with his teeth. At least that’s what it sounded like judging by the buzz in social media about Vokoun…
On June 4th, 2012, the Penguins traded for and then signed Tomas Vokoun. It was their first roster move since getting beat by the Flyers in the playoffs.
And here he was, 11 months later, standing between the pipes for the biggest game of the season. In front of him was a team searching for confidence. Behind him was a fanbase eating itself in panic and anxiety. And he...
Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury flopped in the playoffs last season, so the team added veteran goaltender Tomas Vokoun.Fleury struggled again this spring, so coach Dan Bylsma replaced him with Vokoun – who brings a modest 3-8 career playoff record into Game 5 against the New York Islanders.“Tomas is capable of being a great goalie for us,” Bylsma told reporters...
If we are going to win a game it has to be this one. Because if we don't, nothing else really matters except the bottle of Early Times taking up the passenger seat of your truck as you try not to drive the wrong way down the turnpike.
Early on, Brian Strait is still bitter as all **** and attacks someone. The Isles try to get the Pens to attack...
Tyler Kennedy changed EVERYTHING.
HIs goal at the 7:25 mark of the second period got the Pens rolling. Douglas Murray followed up with a goal a minute later, and the Pens snapped out of whatever funk remained from Tuesday night.
Then Sidney Crosby did this:
Letang added a powerplay goal to make it 4-0.
And. oh. by the wa.y Tomas Vokoun shut the door in a stirring...