Found May 08, 2013 on
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Dan Bylsma and the Pittsburgh Penguins apparently could only watch so much. There’s only so much you can take when you have one of the most talented rosters in all of hockey, yet you’re struggling to get out of the first round for what would be the third straight season.
The obvious continuing (and disturbing) trend for the Penguins and their fans is the play in goal of Marc-Andre Fleury. The former No. 1 pick has been shaky at best and awful at worse for the better part of three straight playoffs now. The Pittsburgh netminder hit a new low Tuesday night into Wednesday, however. Fleury gave up six goals in the Penguins’ Game 4 loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, Bylsma made the change that needed to be made.
The Pittsburgh head coach announced backup Tomas Vokoun would make the start in the pivotal Game 5. One would think that the job is now Vokoun’s to lose, especially the way Fleury has played in net.
Fleury’s postseason struggles date back to the 2011 pla...
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Before I begin, I must confess that it pained me to write this piece. The last thing I want to do is be hard on a player—in this case Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury—when he’s down. Not only is Fleury the longest tenured Penguin—his career dates back to 2003-04—but he’s been such a huge part to the team’s success. Plus, he seems like such a kind and gentle soul.
Islanders and Penguins now tied 2-2 in the series.
You have to think Vokoun gets the start in game 5 for the Penguins.(Nabokov wasn't great either, but good in the 3rd when it counted the most.)
Here is goal #6 given up by Fleury tonight.
And below, watch the 3rd goal given up by Fleury.
He just is off his game and maybe a night off will do him good....
The best playoff series in 2013 for my money has the Pittsburgh Penguins versus the New York Islanders. Nobody on the planet, including the New York Islanders fans, gave the New York Islanders a chance in this series. However, the Islanders have pushed the Pens to their limits in the high-scoring series of the first round. Mostly, because Marc-Andre Fleury cannot make a timely save Let...
Couple of things really surprised me about Tuesday's Penguins-Islanders Game 4 on the Island:
1) That Pens coach Dan Bylsma allowed goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to remain in the game after it was apparent in the second period he was a mess;
2) That Bylsma seems reluctant to make adjustments to his game while the Islanders came at Pittsburgh with speed and unrelenting pressure...
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...
While Penguins goaltender Marc-André Fleury has rightfully bore the brunt of the load for last nights loss. The puck doesn’t stop there. Literally and figuratively.
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma sat before reporters last night and was asked “.. is there any thought to putting Vokoun in for game five?” After he him-hawed around for 5 minutes and proceeded to list every goal...
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This is how Dan Bylsma should react after the Penguins loss last night
Marc-Andre Fleury gave another dumpster fire performance in net for the Penguins last night. He’s not the only...
Tom Rock offers some much-needed consolation to Marc-Andre Fleury:
Fleury can take solace that this first-round performance is not as abysmal as last year's when he melted down against the Flyers and allowed 26 goals in six games. But it's close. Take away his shutout in Game 1 and he's allowed 14 goals in three games, more than the pace as last year's skid....
Breaking Update ...Dan Bylsma has named Vokoun Game 5 Starter.
It is just too easy to pin this all on Marc Andre Fleury.
Yes, last night he had a nightmare of a game.
Yes over the last few seasons his GAA looks more like the ERA of a mid-inning relief pitcher on a 500 baseball team than the GAA of a goalie who has already taken his team to a Stanley Cup Championship...
Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma insists he still believes in Marc-Andre Fleury, that the issues for the reeling Penguins go far beyond the struggles of their Stanley Cup-winning goaltender.
Still, that didn't stop Bylsma from making a switch he hopes will shift momentum in Pittsburgh's highly entertaining but slightly bewildering first-round playoff series with the...
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...
Welp. We've seen this fish before. Luckily, the Pens are coming back home for Game 5. Gonna be a lot of chatter about Marc-Andre Fleury leading up to the biggest game of the season on Thursday.
There was a big to-do today regarding the announcement that Tomas Vokoun would replace Marc Andre Fleury in net for the Penguins. The reporters have made a huge deal out of Vokounâs three shut outs this season, one against the Isles on 3/30 (2-0), one against Winnipeg 3/28 and one against the Rangers on 1/31. By the way, they also shut out the Rangers on 3/16 with Fleury...
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 [...]