Call me a glutton for punishment.
Recently, I spent a couple of hours watching the highlights (if you could call them that) of the Penguins' last three seasons of playoff games since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009.
As you can imagine, it wasn't pretty. But it wasn't pretty exclusively due to Marc-Andre Fleury, as has been a common scapegoat, let's make that clear right away. Yes, there were absolutely several very soft goals. But there were also numerous situations where the defense in front of him broke down. Deflected pucks. And flat-out lucky bounces.
But hey, that's why goaltender is the most high-profile position when it comes to the NHL Playoffs, is it not?
For when the decent goalie all of a sudden stands on his head and leads his team to the Cup, it's the goalie on the team of superstars that fails to uphold his end of the bargain, for whatever reasons.
So now as the Penguins steamroll towards the playoffs with a top seed and an incredibly stacked lineup, the...