by Tony on 05/16/13 at 09:48 AM ET
From Roy MacGregor of the Toronto Globe and Mail:
Three Dog Night had it all wrong.
One is not the loneliest number. It’s 29.
No. 29, also known as Marc-André Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins, is on the ice at Consol Energy Center. He is skating between Zambonis as they re-surface the ice: crouched over, head bowed, deep in thought that does not require a mind-reader to decipher.
What the hell has gone wrong?
Fleury is, or at least is supposed to be, the starting goaltender for what has been the strongest NHL team in the Eastern Conference. He is supposed to stop the pucks while Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla, and a cast of other hockey stars fire pucks into the opposition nets. He is supposed to backstop the Penguins to the 2013 Stanley Cup prior to taking over the net as Team Canada defends its Olympic gold medal in Sochi next February.
That was the dream, the plan – but recently it has gone off the rails.
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