Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/09/13 at 01:53 PM ET
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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