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Fleury may prefer Conn Smythe over Hart

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08:30 AM ET 03.29 | Even Pens fans might reluctantly give Vancouver's Daniel Sedin the Hart Trophy, but what about Marc-Andre Fleury? Each game, he makes them believe they can win without Evgeni Malkin and even the concussed Crosby, if they must. That's why Bylsma is right when he says Fleury deserves strong Hart consideration even though only two goaltenders -- Montreal's Jose Theodore and Buffalo's Dominik Hasek -- have won it since 1962. It's hard to imagine any player more valuable to his team than No. 29. Look at the past three Penguins games, all shootout wins. They beat the Florida Panthers, 2-1, Sunday, the New Jersey Devils, 1-0, Friday night and the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1, Thursday night. Fleury was the star each time. There's no reason to think he won't be a star again tonight in the rematch with the Flyers at Consol Energy Center with nothing less than the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference possibly at stake.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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March 29, 2011  08:34 AM ET

Fleury may prefer Stanley Cup over Hart, you morons.

March 29, 2011  08:38 AM ET

Serious, who writes these things up? Most players would forgo any individual award for a championship. I wouldn't want on my team a guy who thinks that whoever wins the Hart matters more than whoever wins the Cup.

March 29, 2011  08:48 AM ET

LET'S GO BUFFALO

March 29, 2011  08:58 AM ET

the tagline says he would prefer Conn Smythe over Hart - meaning he would be the MVP of the playoffs, and usually awarded to a player on the Cup winning team ... so yes, I am sure Fleury would much prefer another Cup to the Hart.

that being said - Bylsma makes a good point, Fleury should be considered for the Hart, especially of late.

March 29, 2011  09:13 AM ET

Once the Pens get their O sorted out they will be really scary if the D corp and Fleury remain this committed to defense.

March 29, 2011  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

the tagline says he would prefer Conn Smythe over Hart - meaning he would be the MVP of the playoffs, and usually awarded to a player on the Cup winning team ... so yes, I am sure Fleury would much prefer another Cup to the Hart.that being said - Bylsma makes a good point, Fleury should be considered for the Hart, especially of late.

Need I remind you that in some cases, the Conn Smythe winner didn't play for the Cup champion? Bylsma obviously seems to imply that the playoff MVP always plays for the winning team. I find that somewhat shortsighted and narrow minded.

March 29, 2011  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Need I remind you that in some cases, the Conn Smythe winner didn't play for the Cup champion? Bylsma obviously seems to imply that the playoff MVP always plays for the winning team. I find that somewhat shortsighted and narrow minded.

Don't forget Stranger you can't spell abysmal without a Bylsma.

March 29, 2011  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Fleury may prefer Stanley Cup over Hart, you morons.

You think so?

March 29, 2011  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Don't forget Stranger you can't spell abysmal without a Bylsma.

Good observation. Hank will be pleased. He derives an equal ammount of enjoyment from spelling ... Bieksa.

March 29, 2011  10:12 AM ET

This is some hard hitting info from the Pittsburgh Gazette

March 29, 2011  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

This is some hard hitting info from the Pittsburgh Gazette

Naturally. Why disappoint the readers now? ;-)

March 29, 2011  10:25 AM ET

What a joke. I'm all for promoting guys on your team for major awards, but make it realistic at least.

Remember in October when they had the stakes lit to run this kid out of town? He was the one thing holding them back and Pitt had to make a change in goal to keep moving forward. Now he's a potential MVP? Ha. Save it. Crosby carried this team for the first 2 months of the season, then Fleury re-discovered how to get in front of the puck. You can't take 2 months off and still be MVP.

March 29, 2011  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

This is some hard hitting info from the Pittsburgh Gazette

It was either this or another "crosby wows in practice" article. Although i bet half of the guys in the nhl could probably look just as good at practice knowing that they are not being checked.

March 29, 2011  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Most players would forgo any individual award for a championship.

Yet schmoes like Swampy want those meaningless regular season trophies.

Give Sedin the Hart and the Art Ross, give Kesler the Selke and Robooby the Vezina.

It will make the fall that much harder.

March 29, 2011  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Good observation. Hank will be pleased. He derives an equal ammount of enjoyment from spelling ... Bieksa.

Skabie is Don Cherry's favourite Canuck...

March 29, 2011  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

What a joke. I'm all for promoting guys on your team for major awards, but make it realistic at least.Remember in October when they had the stakes lit to run this kid out of town? He was the one thing holding them back and Pitt had to make a change in goal to keep moving forward. Now he's a potential MVP? Ha. Save it. Crosby carried this team for the first 2 months of the season, then Fleury re-discovered how to get in front of the puck. You can't take 2 months off and still be MVP.

True.


Johnson > Fleury in Oct.

March 29, 2011  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Once the Pens get their O sorted out they will be really scary if the D corp and Fleury remain this committed to defense.

Let's Go Pens!!

March 29, 2011  10:46 AM ET

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March 29, 2011  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

What a joke. I'm all for promoting guys on your team for major awards, but make it realistic at least.Remember in October when they had the stakes lit to run this kid out of town? He was the one thing holding them back and Pitt had to make a change in goal to keep moving forward. Now he's a potential MVP? Ha. Save it. Crosby carried this team for the first 2 months of the season, then Fleury re-discovered how to get in front of the puck. You can't take 2 months off and still be MVP.

It was only a month. But what a bad month it was.

 
March 29, 2011  10:52 AM ET

This kind of stuff is just page-filler nonsense. Most accurate statement is that the Pens have been wracked with injuries all year, the controversy over Cooke doesn't help a thing and yet they are playing great right now and challenging for the Conference as we head into the last few games. I'm not a Pens fan but they ought to feel pretty good about themselves right now. And, as for this meaningless trivial stuff......pffffft!

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