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All Eyes On Vokoun

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 again. Doubt has crept into his mind and affected his teammates, and you can't win in the playoffs with doubt surrounding your goalie.

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MoreShoot's avatar

No pressure, Tomas, but one false step and there will be blood in the water

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/09/13 at 03:02 PM ET

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No pressure, Tomas, but one false step and there will be blood in the water

or the pens will just be down 3-2 in a series like other teams currently are.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 05/09/13 at 03:24 PM ET

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or the pens will just be down 3-2 in a series like other teams currently are.

Yes, but this has been a trend for them since ‘09 and they aren’t like other teams.

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/09/13 at 03:31 PM ET

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Worst call ever.  Don’t get me wrong, I think Fluery chokes often but this isn’t how to inspire his confidence and when he’s hot he’s hot.

Posted by neffernin on 05/09/13 at 04:59 PM ET

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Worst call ever.  Don’t get me wrong, I think Fluery chokes often but this isn’t how to inspire his confidence and when he’s hot he’s hot.

Yeah, but, right now, he’s kind’ve not, and when he’s not, he’s really, really not.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 05/09/13 at 08:34 PM ET

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Worst call ever.

Guess not, Pens win 4-0 and Fleury is now a memory. If Pittsburgh eliminates NYI on Saturday with Vokoun, Fleury won’t see another game, unless Vokoun is hurt.

 

Posted by timbits on 05/09/13 at 08:39 PM ET

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SHUT OUT BY VOKOUN !!!!

Posted by Evilpens on 05/09/13 at 08:39 PM ET

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lol Maybe they will do it Red Wings 2008 style when they sat Hasek in favor of Osgood and just about swept the rest of the playoffs

Posted by neffernin on 05/10/13 at 12:32 AM ET

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lol Maybe they will do it Red Wings 2008 style when they sat Hasek in favor of Osgood and just about swept the rest of the playoffs

That seems like so long ago already. I’m getting misty-eyed.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/10/13 at 09:39 AM ET

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