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So the Blue Jackets won a playoff game…

"For serious," Columbus defeated Pittsburgh 4-3 in double overtime, tying the teams' first-round series at one--and the Blue Jackets rallied from a 3-1 deficit en route to their first playoff win:

Matt Calvert had 2 goals, David Savard had 2 assists, as Don Cherry pointed out, Brandon Dubinsky had 9 shots and 8 hits, and both goaltenders were stellar--Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 41 of 44 and Sergei Bobrovsky(!) stopped 39 of 42 in his victory.

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Marc-Andre Fleury flashes the leather, stops Karlsson

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made a fantastic save on Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson en route to a 2-1 Penguins win on Monday night:

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Video- Bad Goal Of The Day/Night Candidate - Fleury Gives Up A Long One

Alex Edler gets the goal, from center ice...

Game is tied at this point, 1-1 after the first period.

 

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Fleury Or Vokoun?

From a fantasy point of view...

from Pete Jensen of NHL.com,

While everything seemed to come crashing down for Marc-Andre Fleury during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, fantasy owners would be wise not to hold his postseason struggles against him when they're looking for goaltending this season.

Fleury got a vote of confidence from Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma in June, which indicates he'll be in position to reclaim the team's starting job. If that's the case, he certainly deserves top-15 consideration among fantasy goalies heading into 2013-14 -- despite the negative perception surrounding his value these days.

Didn't backup Tomas Vokoun clearly outplay Fleury in the playoffs? Doesn't the fact that Fleury has struggled in each of the past four postseasons hurt his fantasy value?

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Not The Best Of Times For Marc-Andre Fleury

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

First, his team shunned him. Now, his country.

Could the entire world be next?

“The Olympic thing, I'm not going to make too much of,” said Penguins general manager Ray Shero, busy with Team USA and not inclined to opine on Team Canada, which invited five goalies not named Fleury to its tryout camp. “But if he takes something personal, good for him.”

Good for him, indeed. Maybe it's time Fleury got ticked off. It's time for him to take more ownership of his career and reclaim his lost reputation as a big-game goalie.

The Penguins are making the right move in retaining Fleury, for these reasons:

• He's still young (28) and highly productive in the regular season. This isn't exactly the golden age of goalies, you know. After Henrik Lundqvist, who has yet to play for a Cup, there aren't many goalies sporting lengthy resumes that scream, “franchise player!” At least you can pencil in Fleury for 35-plus wins.

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Video- A Bad Night For Marc-Andre Fleury

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.

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Video- Marc-Andre Fleuy Injured Tonight

Fluery did not return for the 3rd period and no update on his status.

 

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Video- Marc-Andre Fleury Takes An Elbow To His Head

Teammate Paul Martin delivered the elbow on this goal.

Fleury played the remaining two minutes of the period but was replaced to start the 3rd.

He was on the bench and reports are he was not pulled do to injury.

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Marc-Andre Fleury Continues To Win

from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Here’s one way to gauge the value of a player:

Ask a couple of teammates where the club would be without him.

“That’s a tough question,” Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis said Monday of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. “He’s been playing great. He’s a big part of it.”

That would be a big part of the Penguins’ run to 44 points in 35 games, among the best in the NHL, despite injuries galore.

Every defenseman who started the season on the major league roster, among others, has missed least one game. And even though center Evgeni Malkin is in contention for the league points championship and winger James Neal is vying for the goal title, the Penguins would hate an “It’s a Wonderful Life” version of themselves without their franchise goalie.

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A Second Look at Goalies

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In my previous preview of the top goalies, I had mentioned Tim Thomas, Roberto Luongo, Henrik Lundqvist, Pekka Rinne, and Ryan Miller as my top five options. Upon reflection and much debate, I discovered many other names that could be considered top 5 (or at least top 10). Many goalies are drafted in the early rounds of fantasy drafts, since top-notch starting goalies can be impossible to find on the waiver wire once the season starts. To help you find the right goalie(s), I have provided ten more goaltending options that could legitimately fall into the category of the NHL’s better starting goalies. And I promise that there will be no commercials while you read this.

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Forget The Hart Trophy, Think Conn Smythe Tropy For Marc-Andre Fleury

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

I have a better award in mind for Fleury.

Conn Smythe Trophy.

You know, as playoffs MVP.

It’s an easy call, isn’t it? Who wouldn’t prefer the Smythe? I’m starting to think it could be Fleury’s year. The way he’s tending goal, it’s not hard to picture him leading the Penguins to the Stanley Cup.

With the great Crosby, certainly. But maybe even without him.

Crazy?

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The Posing Goalies

First it was Carey Price last week, last night Marc-Andre Fleury struck a pose.

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Evening Line

“I’m trying to make the best of things.  I try to come in every day and start over again, wiping (the slate clean). But it’s not easy.

“Maybe I’m just thinking a bit too much out there. I don’t know. I just try to put all the bad things behind me.

“I’ve been through a lot of stuff before, so I think it helps having been through those things.”

“I don’t think it’s been so much a technique thing. It’s been more the little things. I look over the tapes with my goalie coach and you can see it’s not just one thing.”

-Marc-Andre Fleury, goaltender for the Pittsburgh Penguins.  More on Fleury from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun.

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Fleury Stars In Montreal

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Turns out there are two pretty good goaltenders in the Penguins-Montreal Canadiens playoff series after all.

Marc-Andre Fleury showed up here Tuesday night at his hometown Bell Centre, made his presence felt in a big way and stole the show from Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak, not to mention a 2-0 win in Game 3.

Please tell me you aren’t surprised.

“He’s a gamer,” Penguins goaltending coach Gilles Meloche marveled afterward. “He wins games.”

Is there a better compliment for any athlete?

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Why Boo Fleury?

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

There are days I can’t help but feel embarrassed for Pittsburgh sports fans.

This is one.

Not all of the fans, of course.

Those at Mellon Arena who gave Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury a mock cheer Friday night for stopping a puck early in the 2-1 Game 2 win against the Ottawa Senators.

You know who you are.

You should be ashamed of yourself.

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All Marc-Andre Fleury

A quick Q & A from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

On the slumps of Sidney Crosby and the team:

“I let him score a couple in practice to make him feel good. (Laughs). No, he’s very confident. For all of us, it’s a little bit tough. After the start we’ve had its frustrating. But we’ve got to get ourselves together.”

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Crosby & Fleury Today

Q.      What do you think it is about home ice advantage in the series that’s allowed every team to win the home game? Is it that important a match-up series in your mind?

        SIDNEY CROSBY:  No, I mean, it’s the way things have played out. But I think every game has been close up to the last game. So, you know, why, I don’t really know. But I think all the games have been fairly close.

        Q. Safe to say based on that though, if you’re going to be facing elimination game to be doing it for the first time in this series on home ice is a lot more favorable?

        SIDNEY CROSBY: Yeah, either way you’re going to be desperate whether you’re at home or on the road. And they’re going to want to finish things off. It’s the same for them, too. So I don’t think it has any bearing at this point. Both teams have had to win both at home and on the road to get to this point anyway. So I don’t think anybody really reads into it too much at this point.

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Fleury Must Be Great

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

He is their last line of defence and come Tuesday, he may very well be their last hope.

If the Pittsburgh Penguins want their Stanley Cup dream to remain a reality, Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury better be prepared to parry the flurry the Detroit Red Wings will throw at him in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final at Pittsburgh’s Mellon Arena.

Behind 3-2 to the Wings following a stunningly-lopsided 5-0 setback Saturday in Game 5 at Joe Louis Arena, it all comes down to this:

Fleury must be huge. He must be virtually impenetrable.

Otherwise, for the second straight spring, the Penguins get to watch Detroit players parade the Stanley Cup around their house.

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Osgood vs. Fleury

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

When the Stanley Cup final starts tomorrow night in Detroit, though, Osgood and Fleury will be the last two goaltenders standing. And they are tied for first place in the most important category of this year’s playoffs at 12 wins each.

This is the second consecutive showdown in the Cup final for them, with Osgood and the Wings handily winning the best-of-seven series in five games a year ago to win his third Stanley Cup ring. However, Osgood, 36, is regarded as a veteran who has had the good fortune to play for a great team for most of his career while Fleury, 24, is considered another of the great young talents on the star-studded Penguins roster.

“With Chris Osgood, if you look at history, when he’s played on teams that are not so good [St. Louis Blues, New York Islanders], he’s been not so good,” said Mitch Korn, the goaltending coach of the Nashville Predators. “But there is something about playing for the Detroit Red Wings, like playing for the New York Yankees, that makes players elevate their games in response to everyone else.

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Fleury The Difference

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

This is a big-time goaltender, folks.

Like all of ‘em, Fleury gives up a bad goal here and there. It happened in the Washington series and the Philadelphia series before that.

But like only the truly great ones, Fleury makes the huge saves when they mean the most. That’s why you can’t just look at his statistics, which couldn’t match Ward’s coming into the series. Against Philadelphia, the big stop came in the third period of Game 2 when Fleury stopped center Jeff Carter with a fabulous skate save, giving the Penguins a chance to win in overtime. Against Washington, it was stealing the Capitals’ great Alexander Ovechkin blind early in Game 7 with a glove save that led directly to the Penguins’ 6-2 win.

Then, last night.

Fleury was a wall early in a 0-0 game, making great saves on Tuomo Ruutu, Eric Staal, Joe Corvo and Joni Pitkanen during a Carolina power play. He robbed center Chad LaRose in the second period, somehow stopping his backhander after a rebound. And he was big late, diving to make a save that prevented Staal from scoring the tying goal in the final 30 seconds.

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Fleury Finding His Game

from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

...instead of a meltdown, Washington got the best of Fleury’s best from that moment on. He stopped legendary sniper Sergei Federov. He foiled an excellent chance for Mike Green, the league’s top-scoring defenseman. He stopped two more in overtime, the last when Green fired a Brooks Orpik giveaway at him with 0:08 left.

“He’s been that way the whole trip,” said center Max Talbot, who helped kill three power plays against the league’s second-best unit. “We really needed him on the penalty kill today. I don’t think he played any better today, he’s just been better the whole trip. This was a big team effort but I feel good for him because when you’re going bad, the goalie always gets the worst of it.”

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Fleury Practices With Penguins

via Sam Kasan of PittsburghPenguins.com,

Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury practiced with his teammates for the first time since suffering an undisclosed injury in a game against the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 15.

Fleury had been taking shots in pre-practice sessions with the Penguins for the past week but participated in a full team practice, splitting time with John Curry, for the first time since the injury.

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Fleury Signs 7-Year, $35 Million Contract with Penguins

TSN:

Sources tell TSN Marc-Andre Fleury has signed a 7 year, 35 million dollar extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Update 3:39pm ET: Press release from the Penguins is below…

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Penguins Finalizing Long-Term Deal with Fleury

From Dave Molinari at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

While a few issues—like whether the deal will cover five or six seasons—still must be resolved, all major hurdles to an agreement have been cleared.

“I’m hopeful that in the next couple of days, something will work out there,” said Shero, the Penguins’ general manager.

read on for more Penguins business

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Penguins Going to Arbitration with Fleury

From the Pittsburgh Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have elected to file for salary arbitration with goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. 

Arbitration hearings are set by the National Hockey League and take place from July 20 to August 4.  Both sides can continue to negotiate a contract until that time.  As a result of the filing, the Penguins retain his rights and he will not become a restricted free agent on July 1.

 

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Fleury at Fault

From Stan Fischler at Game On,

Let’s not get carried away with the Marc-Andre Fleury phenom stuff. One prominent goalie coach tells us that if anyone cost Pitt the series, it was the Pens’ netminder. “He started the series badly and that’s how he ended it—with two terrible goals in Game Six. The second [rebound] goal was bad and he had no business letting the puck go through his legs before he eventually knocked it in on the winner. By contrast, Chris Osgood made the saves that he had to make.” The bottom line on Fleury is simple; his consistency is missing.

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Off-Day Quotes From Fleury and Sykora

Q. Marc-Andre, someone was telling me that you might have given Al the octopus guy a little squirt with water just as he was doing his twirling thing. If that’s the case, can you describe what the deal was with that?

        MARC-ANDRE FLEURY: It was an accident. I just missed my mouth by a little bit. (Laughter) Yep. I don’t know, it was just at the game he does it to us. And after the first two games, I thought I’ll give him a little something back. And we won, so it’s good.

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Looking for Offense

From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail,

The way Marc-André Fleury sees it, the path to success for the Pittsburgh Penguins is simple: “If I can stop more pucks and we score more goals, we’ll be all right.”

But those few words mask a world of hurt for the Penguins, who need to win Monday to prevent the Detroit Red Wings from winning their first Stanley Cup since 2002. The Red Wings have a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven NHL championship series thanks to their efficient 2-1 win over the Penguins on Saturday night.

Actually, Fleury could have left himself out of the above equation. His work in the Penguins goal in the last two games was above reproach. It is the work of their offence in all four games so far that is wanting.

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*Fleury highlights can be seen at the NHL Network Online.

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Penguins Sunday Quotes

The transcript of a short interview with Marc-Andre Fleury today. 
Update 2:58pm ET: Sidney Crosby transcript has been added below
Update 4:48pm ET: Marian Hossa and Jordan Staal have been added below.
Update 4:55pm ET: Darryl Sydor has been added.

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Q.      Do you expect any nerves?  You guys haven’t been in a situation where the Cup is in the building?

        MARC‑ANDRE FLEURY:  Well, we’ll be pretty excited.  It’s a good reason for us to not quit and keep playing hard and trying to have every chance for Pittsburgh.

 

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Holmstrom Tough to Replace

From Helene Elliott at the LA Times,

Not having Holmstrom in his face would make it even better for Fleury.

“It’s always tougher as a goalie when you have somebody in front,” said Fleury, who was the first pick in the 2003 entry draft. “At the same time, every playoff, every series, every team, they put that guy in there. We always did a good job with him, and we always came out on top.”

Holmstrom isn’t just any guy. He has four goals and 12 points in the playoffs and is a perfect complement to linemates Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.

The Red Wings have no shortage of talent—Johan Franzen has a playoff-high 13 goals, Zetterberg has 12 and Datsyuk nine—but they have no one as effective at going to the net and refusing to budge come high stick or high water.

more… on Holmstrom’s condition and his importance to the Wings

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Not A Good Start

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

The Penguins’ lack of experience on hockey’s grandest stage could not have been better illustrated than Marc-Andre Fleury’s tumble as he led his team onto the ice Saturday night for Stanley Cup finals opener.

The anxious Fleury, 23, ran down the Joe Louis Arena tunnel and splat. He tripped on the last step and fell headlong into the rink. Fleury is lucky his teammates didn’t topple like dominoes behind him. The Penguins real stumbling block, of course, was the Detroit Red Wings.

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Watch the Fleury trip below with some ‘creative’ music…

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Penguins Media Transcripts

From Media Day in Detroit, transcripts from the Q&As with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

  • Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury
  • Michel Therrien and Ray Shero

 

 

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Impressive Penguins

From Gene Collier at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins are simply too much.  Too fast. Too precise. Too disciplined. And too reliably backstopped by the consistently brilliant Marc-Andre Fleury. All of it too much of a mountain for anyone on this side of the Conferencial Divide.

Even within the mandatory confidence of professional athletes, did anyone in the room think this team was capable of winning 11 of the first 12 postseason games?

“You never think that way,” Ruutu said. “It doesn’t matter how you keep going, just so you keep going.”

You might change your thinking now that the Penguins walked into this building where they hadn’t won all year, where they were supposed to get jumped by a desperate hockey club stung by misfortune, and turned the Flyers into the jumpees.

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Fleury Fits In Well With Penguins Defensive System

from Bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

So is it Fleury or is it the team concept?

“I will say it is a combination of both,” said coach Michel Therrien. “First of all, Marc-Andre, he’s really square to the puck. The game slowed down in front of him. That’s normal. Well, he’s only 23, but he has got a few years of experience and you ask any goalie with time and experience, and the game slows down in front of you so he doesn’t have to make those big saves when he’s out of position.

“And in the meantime, we’ve played a much better defensive game as well. You put those two together, and you get the result that defensively you are better.”

There’s no question Therrien’s coaching style has helped Fleury, just as it would help any goalie.

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Fleury Nearing Star Status

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Perhaps five goals allowed in four consecutive victories against a team beaten up physically and psychologically isn’t a large enough sampling of evidence to declare him a fully budded star.

Yet for Marc-Andre Fleury, for a goaltender with too much cumbersome playoff history packed into the back end of his 23 years, this was indeed a triumph to savor and, as he giddily warbles after some saves, let out a yell.

“I don’t see them as much as ghosts, but as experience I got through all those years,” the Penguins’ lanky goalie said late last night, after he made 21 saves and made the Senators go away in a four-game sweep that ended with a 3-1 victory at Scotiabank Place.

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Fleury At The Top Of His Game

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

This Penguins team has small galaxy of stars. There is Sidney Crosby, of course, Evgeni Malkin, who finished second in NHL scoring this season, Sergei Gonchar, who will get some consideration for the Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenseman, Marian Hossa and Gary Roberts, who had two goals, including the winner, in Game 1.

Although Fleury was the No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft, he has been almost cocooned as he has learned to be an elite player, putting behind him questions about his ability and durability.

“Now he sees the play, he’s more mature. He’s not surprised with plays or with shots,” Penguins coach Michele Therrien said. “There’s no doubt, this is the best I’ve seen from Marc-Andre Fleury the last month and a half.”

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Thanks Doc

Remember the story about two months ago regarding Marc-Andre Fleury changing the color of his goalie pads?

Well, it turns out the Doctor who made the suggestion is a Sens fan….

from AFP via Yahoo,

A Canadian optometrist has unwittingly given the Pittsburgh Penguins an advantage going into their opening National Hockey League playoff game Wednesday against her darling Ottawa Senators.

Optometrist Janet Leduc wrote in a letter to the Penguins’ coaching staff some months ago that their goaltender, Marc-Andre Fleury, could improve his game if he ditched his trademark yellow pads.

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Pens Recall Fleury

Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury from his conditioning assignment in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

Fleury started five games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since being assigned for conditioning on February 10th.  He posted a 3-2-0 record with a .950 save percentage and a 1.42 goals-against-average, allowing just seven goals in the five contests.  Both of his losses came in 1-0 games.  Dating back to the start of the 2005-06 season, Fleury holds a 13-2-2 record in his last 17 AHL starts

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Fleury Goes White

from the Citizens Voice,

...That’s because his trademark school bus yellow pads are gone, replaced by nondescript white ones.

“I got a letter from an eye doctor and he told me yellow was the color you pick up the quickest with your eyes. So I thought I would try the white ones,” Fleury said. “Then the players on the team said it makes me look a little bigger. So I thought if it gives me a little advantage, I’ll take it.”

It’s not the pads, though, that are the focus of Fleury’s trip back to the AHL. It’s what lies beneath.

more on Fleury

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Penguins Recall Ty Conklin

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender Ty Conklin from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL) on an emergency basis, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

added 7:59pm, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Penguins coach Michel Therrien today characterized starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury’s injury as a mild ankle sprain.

He is listed as day to day because the injury is not severe enough to warrant placing him on injured reserve.

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Fleury Thought Goal

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Late in the third period, Fleury moved out of the crease to his right and found himself with the puck and a clear path to the Coyotes’ vacant net.

He smelled a goal.

“That was the first time I got to try to shoot,” Fleury said. “And we were two goals ahead. You don’t want try it with one goal. It was the perfect time.”

He didn’t get the chance.

“Then [defenseman Darryl] Sydor came back and he took it,” Fleury said.

more including Recchi may be on recall waivers very soon.  I am sure a team or two will put a claim in for him.

Update12:50pm ET: TSN now reports, “The Pittsburgh Penguins have placed veteran winger Mark Recchi on re-entry waivers.”

 

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Penguins Need Help - Not Just In Goal

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

The most fascinating aspect of the Penguins’ struggle is that it provides us the first opportunity to gauge what kind of administrator general manager Ray Shero will be. Because this is his first GM job, we have no history to review.

But my hunch is Shero will be able to walk the fine line between aggressiveness and panic. I believe he will continue to look for scoring wingers, and I believe he will continue to be patient with Fleury. I believe he will be more patient with Fleury than his coach seems to be. I think if Shero believed Fleury needed an older goalie playing beside him, he would have acquired one last summer.

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Shero Has No Plans To Tear Apart The Penguins

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins have sputtered through the first 16 games of this season, and it remains to be seen what, if anything, general manager Ray Shero is going to do about it.

Shero has made it quite clear what he won’t do.

He won’t fire coach Michel Therrien.

He won’t replace Marc-Andre Fleury as the team’s No. 1 goalie.

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Brodeur Sees Bright Future for Marc-Andre Fleury

From Dave Molinari at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

“He’s such a great athlete,” Brodeur said. “What I look at is a guy’s ability to skate, and he’s a really good skater. The foundation is his mobility, how athletic he is, how competitive he is.

“Everything is there. It’s just that sometimes a couple of things are going the wrong way and the next thing you know, everything doesn’t fit.

“But when he finds a way to put everything together, relax and be patient, he has so much skill, so much speed, that he’s going to be all right. I love watching him play, because he’s a spectacular goalie.”

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Fleury Feeling It Again

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Last season, Fleury became the Pens’ undisputed No. 1 goaltender, finishing with a save percentage of .906. However, the whispering started when the Penguins were quickly dispatched in the first round of the playoffs by the Ottawa Senators.

Those whispers grew much louder a few weeks ago when the Penguins did not start well. Sidney Crosby may not have been scoring, and still isn’t, but it was Fleury who took the criticism.

“The one thing we can’t forget is that [Fleury] is the youngest No. 1 goalie in the league,” Penguins head coach Michel Therrien said yesterday. “He is still learning. It seemed a lot of people were panicking, but we weren’t panicking because we knew his game was going to get back where it was supposed to be.”

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No Panic In Pittsburgh

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

“We’ve got confidence in Marc-Andre Fleury,” Therrien said. “He won a lot of games for us last year. We believe in the kid. He just needs to be himself.

“Right now, we’re not panicking. We know that he’s going to get better. It’s a matter of time. There’s nothing wrong with facing adversity for a player or as a team because you know that eventually it’s going to make you better.”

General manager Ray Shero also backs Fleury and denied a report by TSN’s Bob McKenzie that the Penguins are shopping for a veteran goaltender to back up and perhaps challenge Fleury.

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