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Fleury Sits, Vokoun to Start for Penguins in Game Five

From the Penguins' Sam Kasan:

Tomas Vokoun will be the Penguins starting goaltender in Game 5 Thursday night against the NY Islanders at CONSOL Energy Center.

“We brought Tomas Vokoun in to play big games for us and be a goaltender we can count on to go in and play big games. He’s done that this year for us,” head coach Dan Bylsma said.

In four games – three starts – against the Islanders this season, Vokoun is 3-0 with a 0.90 goals-against average, a .970 save percentage and one shutout.

”He has been very good against the Islanders in the three games he’s played against the Islanders,” Bylsma said. “We’re getting a guy that is capable of being a great goalie for us.”

Vokoun, 36, has a 13-4 record for the Penguins this season with a 2.45 goals-against average, a .919 save percentage and three shutouts.

Vokoun has played 11 career playoff games, all with the Nashville Predators. Game 5 will be his first playoff action since 2007. He has a career .922 save percentage and one shutout in those 11 contests.

Marc-Andre Fleury started the first four games of the series. He went 2-2 with a 3.40 goals-against average, .891 save percentage and one shutout.

Vokoun will be the first playoff starting goaltender for the Penguins not named Fleury since Johan Hedberg in 2001.

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mrfluffy's avatar

Tony,

Yes…we know…Wings-Pens fans relationship on here is strained at best but…what do you think of this?

Fleury obviously doesn’t have any confidence in his game but…is this a good decision?

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 05/08/13 at 01:47 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

Fluery hasn’t had a good playoff since the won the cup in ‘09.
Before and after, he’s been brutal. Just look at his save %. He has an average of .850 over the past 4 playoffs. That’s absolutely brutal! And it makes me smile. wink

Posted by Hank1974 on 05/08/13 at 01:57 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

He hasn’t been Good But the Coaching Staff decision & Non Adjustments make MAF’s Play look like Ken Dryden in comparison, Just go find some Pens MB’s & there are People Like Paul Steigerwald, Phil Bourque Pens radio analyst,, Bob Grove who hosts the Post Game show & has covered the Pens since I can remember are all ripping The Coaching Staffs “Adjustments/Decisions”

Posted by Evilpens on 05/08/13 at 03:02 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

Evilpens, I don’t think any coaches decisions resulted in that 6th goal, haha.
Since 09’ he’s had a penchant for letting in 1 or 2 really bad goals every playoff game.

There are an abundance of quality free agent goalies on the market this summer, if I were Shero, I’d look into how much he could fetch for Fluery in a trade.
At the very least, it’s worth looking into.

Posted by Hank1974 on 05/08/13 at 03:08 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

I love the devotion of Pens’ fans trying to spread the blame throughout the team and coaching staff. And there are some merits to thier arguments. But Fleury has been brutal in the playoffs for like 3 straight playoff seasons now.
Also, I thought the whole reason for getting a back-up like Vokoun was an insurance policy in case MAF was starting to have another bad performance Disco could nip that in the bud and relieve him with Vokoun. Well, now’s that time. IMO.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 05/08/13 at 03:14 PM ET

Tony's avatar

@Fluf - It had to be done now…

Last night’s performance by MAF was horrible, and that’s coming from someone who has given him the benefit of the doubt more times than not….

Was the defense lousy as well?  Hell yeah, but that doesn’t alleviate the extremely soft goals he’s been letting in for three straight games now….

What will happen in the future?  Now THAT’S the real question, but for right now, I don’t think HCDB had a choice….

Posted by Tony from Virginia Beach, VA on 05/08/13 at 03:31 PM ET

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I had to laugh at the Penguins postgame radio show last night.  They have a sponsored bit that they do every game, the UPMC Save of the Game, where they play a highlight of a Penguin goaltender big save.

Last night, the host had to admit that there was no “save of the game.”  He just gave a general plug to UPMC, so they’d get their money’s worth, and moved along.  That’s a new low.

Posted by Lex Talionis on 05/08/13 at 04:13 PM ET

LiteWork's avatar

I would feel safer with 2001 Hedberg in net than Fleury.

Posted by LiteWork on 05/08/13 at 04:17 PM ET

Mistercristo's avatar

Most would feel safer with 2013 Hedberg in net than Fleury

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 05/08/13 at 04:42 PM ET

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Had to be done.  Won’t matter if they play the same way in front of Vokoun though.  This team has the mental fortitude of a 3 yr old right now.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 05/08/13 at 04:45 PM ET

Flashtastick56's avatar

What a mess.

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 05/08/13 at 06:34 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

I am in now way saying he played well at all, But the bigger problem is Jack Adams & Company simply refusing to adjust.

And the Players make the same mistakes over & over again because there is NO accountability unless you are Bennett, Vitale Or Despres

Posted by Evilpens on 05/09/13 at 10:47 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

just like they are putting Vitale, TK & Despres in the lineup for more speed, Doesn’t matter a shit if they don’t make the necessary adjustments

Posted by Evilpens on 05/09/13 at 02:06 PM ET

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