Why Blaming Fleury is the Wrong Easy Answer by @PandaPSU

(Photo courtesy of the sportingnews.com)For 59 minutes and 38 seconds, Marc-Andre Fleury was playing one of his best playoff games of his career. After misplaying the puck on an ill-advised play behind the net, his entire fortune changed. He proceeded to let in a gimme shot by Nick Foligno and just like that the series was tied 2-2. For fans, it is a tough pill to swallow because...
Via PensInitiative
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Starting Lineups: Each Stanley Cup Playoffs Series In A Sentence

  The Stanley Cup Playoffs are in full swing, and you’ve missed some action. We’ve got you covered and won’t keep you long. Eastern Conference Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings (2-1): With Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron in tow from goal line to goal line, no one is beating the Bruins — […] The post Starting Lineups: Each Stanley Cup Playoffs Series In...
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Game 4 loss raises questions

Within the hour of puck drop on game 4, word came down that Ducks' captain Ryan Getzlaf would not be in the lineup with an "undisclosed injury.  They didn't even bother to call it an upper or lower body injury. The Getzlaf injury seemed to inspire the Ducks in the first period as they jumped ahead 2-0.  They played physical, they were winning battles and they were...
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Stanley Cup Playoffs Game #4: Minnesota Wild vs Colorado Avalanche, Thursday 4-24-14, 8:30pm, Xcel Energy Center

Minnesota Wild (1-2) 2.33 Goals For (13th) 3.00 Goals Against (11th) 12.5% Power Play (11th) 90.9% Penalty Kill (2nd) Top 5 Scorers: 1. #11 Zach Parise ~ 0G 4A = 4pts 2. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 0G 3A = 3pts 3. #2 Charlie Coyle ~ 2G 0A = 2pts 4. #20 Ryan Suter ~ 1G 1A = 2pts 5. #6 Marco Scandella ~ 1G 1A = 2pt Top 3 PIM’s: 1. #8 Cody McCormick ~ 14 PIM’s 2. #24 Matt Cooke ~ 6 PIM...
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A Must Win For The Kings

from Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Register, How does a strength become a weakness, seemingly in a matter of days? That’s the riddle the Kings are trying to solve in this first-round series against San Jose, and they’re running out of time. The Kings, who allowed the fewest number of goals in the NHL in the regular season, have given up 17 in this series, and face...
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Videos- In The Room With Dallas And Columbus

NHL.com followed both the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets into the dressing room after their wins last night. It is not often you get to see a coach talking to his team post-game. The Dallas Stars are up first...   Then the Columbus Blue Jackets... Continue reading "Videos- In The Room With Dallas And Columbus"
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Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg practising: "Ace in our deck"

Detroit is down one game to the Boston Bruins heading into game four tonight and Henrik Zetterberg's status is up in the air. Still, he hasn't been ruled out for the game and if he is ready to return to the lineup, it will be a huge boost to a Red Wings team badly in need of a win.Zetterberg practised with the team yesterday, but would not offer any insight into whether he...
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Post-Game Reaction After The Dallas Stars Defeated The Anaheim Ducks 4-2

Stars Head Coach Lindy Ruff  On the Stars’ resiliency tonight: “Obviously we didn’t play our best first period.  I thought we were slow to move the puck and didn’t quite get our feet moving.  We had a couple of good offensive chances that we were just a little bit slow to.  We talked about trying to get a little more speed through the neutral zone and getting more...
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Will Marc-Andre Fleury Bounce Back?

from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Fleury's toast now. He's a train wreck that not even a team of the planet's most advanced sports psychologists could cure. He'll give up floater after floater in Game 5 and beyond, right up until the Penguins are eliminated and, then, spend their summer searching for another franchise goaltender. If I...
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Video- Patrick Kane Works Some OT Magic

Patrick Kane goes short-side on Ryan Miller to even up the series at two games...  
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Kane's OT goal wins it for Blackhawks, ties series vs. Blues

It was looking like an all-too familiar scene at the end of the second period. The Chicago Blackhawks had a lead, this time the rare 2-0 advantage. The St. Louis Blues took away that lead, again in quick fashion. It was a time when the Blackhawks had to ask themselves if they were going to fall in a heartbreaking way again or do something about it? They chose the latter. Bryan...
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Ruff's speech, Benn's play, vault Stars to 4-2 win over Ducks

Whatever Lindy Ruff said to his Stars after the first intermission Wednesday night can now be nominated for motivational speech of the year. The Ducks were without Ryan Getzlaf, the NHL’s second-leading scorer this season. The Ducks were without Teemu Selanne, the 15th all-time leading scorer in NHL history. And the Stars responded to this golden opportunity to tie the series...
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Blue Jackets Stun Penguins 4 -3 in OT

This one is so rich, so textured, with so many story lines - it almost transcends description. On the one hand, it encompassed a lot of the emotions that Blue Jackets fans have experienced since Day 1 -- hope, anticipation, disappointment . . . and ultimately despair. However, on this night, with this team, those same fans saw tenacity, drive . . . and vindication, the hallmarks...
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Red Wings-Bruins Game 4 set-up and overnight report: with or without Zetterberg, Wings must dig out

Ahead of tonight's slightly-late-starting Game 4 between the Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins (8 PM EDT on FSD and NESN locally, and NBCSN and TSN nationally, as well as 97.1 FM), the tenor of the series has started to shift. While the Bruins' press kept reminding us again and again on Wednesday that the Wings' 3-0 loss in Game 3 signals a series heading toward a...
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(video) Patrick Sharp hammers Maxim Lapierre

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp hammers St. Louis Blues puke Maxim Lapierre. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.  There's been a lot of hard hitting in this series..
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(video) Bryan Bickell smokes Vladimir Sobotka

Chicago Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell absolutely smokes St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka with a good, hard, legal check.guess who is back? back again? vladdy’s back. tell a friend pic.twitter.com/PbTppi3bHf— Steph (@myregularface) April 24, 2014
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WATCH: Marc-Andre Fleury misplay leads to goal, OT loss

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury could be starring in some Southwest Commercials at this point, because he has to want to get away. The Penguins had saw their 3-0 lead slowly dissipate on Wednesday night and Fleury’s misplay with less than 30 seconds left led to Brandon Dubinsky’s game-tying goal. Then in overtime, Fleury let in a soft wrist shot from Nick Foligno...
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NHL suspends Wilds’ Matt Cooke seven games for kneeing

Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke has been suspended seven games for kneeing Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie. If the suspension is not fully served during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the remaining games will be served at the beginning of the 2014-15 regular season. Cooke was assessed a minor penalty for kneeing in the second period of the Wild’s First Round Stanley...
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9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bruins hope to carry game 3 dominance into Thursday night

The Detroit Red Wings put the pressure on the Bruins by winning game 1 in Boston, effectively taking the advantage in the series. The Bruins have responded by taking games 2 and 3, outscoring the Wings 7-1 in the process. While these games weren’t exactly runaways, it is clear that Detroit has been pushed into a corner that will be hard to escape from. Aside from Pavel Datsyuk’s...
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Corey Perry, Antoine Roussel Fight In Ducks-Stars Game 4 (GIF)

Antoine Roussel is quickly becoming one of the most hated players in the NHL, and with the Dallas Stars up 4-2 late in the third period of Wednesday night’s Game 4, Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry had enough of him. The two players dropped their gloves for a rare playoff fight. It was a pretty even bout, but Roussel earns a small edge for getting the takedown. This fight comes...
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10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Marc-Andre Fleury Misplays A Puck at the End of the Game, Costs Pens The Lead/Game

The Pittsburgh Penguins were about to win the game. The Columbus Blue Jackets were down 3-2 and had their goalie pulled in desperation. The Blue Jackets were bringing all night, outshooting the Pens 41-24 in regulation. Up until the last 24 seconds of the game, Marc-Andre Fleury was simply brilliant, stopping 39 of 41 shots. But then......this happened.Go ahead, read the rest »
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Fleury, Penguins blow lead to lose 4-3 in overtime

A lot of people that criticize the Pittsburgh Penguins and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury cite their lack of consistency, especially in high pressure situations. But I’d disagree.  The Penguins and Fleury do a lot of things consistently, like fail to hold a lead in the playoffs, or a give up a backbreaking goal when the game is tied, when the team can ill-afford it the most. This...
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11 hours ago  |  Discuss

GIF: Fleury goes for a stroll, Columbus wins Game 4

Marc-Andre Fleury had played a pretty solid Game 4. Then he decided to vacate his crease, miss the puck and allow the Blue Jackets to tie things up with under a minute left in the third period.   Welcome to your nightmare, Pittsburgh fans. The 2-2 series is tough enough, but a rattled Fleury is an even more intimidating beast. Things got worse in OT. Fleury probably should have...
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11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dubinsky, Foligno lift CBJ to 1st home playoff win

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno's wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. The Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit for their first home playoff victory in the franchise'...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

GIF: Marc-Andre Fleury with a huge mistake

For years we’ve feared Marc-Andre Fleury’s struggles playing the puck would be exposed in a huge game. Welcome to that reality. Fleury was so good all game long. But one mistake, and this game is in OT.
Via The Pensblog
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

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