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Will Bylsma bench Fleury?

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07:12 AM ET 05.08 | For years now, through the Cup runs and playoff exits, the goalie choice in Pittsburgh was automatic. Marc-Andre Fleury has started every Penguins playoff game since 2007, all 78 of them, more than any of his teammates. But the time has come for another man in another mask with another level of confidence. Perhaps any level of confidence. Fourteen goals in past three games are enough to convict the Flower of malfeasance by themselves, but the quizzical nature of too many of them and the pratfall punctuation Fleury keeps putting on them shouldn't be tolerated for another shift. Tomas Vokoun should start Game 5 Thursday night at Consol Energy Center.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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May 8, 2013  07:36 AM ET

The last three games he played terrible and his confidence is low. Vokoun needs to play Thursday. This is a must game for the Pens.

May 8, 2013  07:43 AM ET
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Gosh, I hope not.

Hee Hee...



You can always hope, Rex... but I'm pretty certain Bylsma has his job in mind right now.

May 8, 2013  07:52 AM ET

He did not look good on the bench during the last minute of the game, banging his head against his stick. Of course, Nabokov isn't playing much better.

May 8, 2013  07:53 AM ET
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Hee Hee... You can always hope, Rex... but I'm pretty certain Bylsma has his job in mind right now.

Early riser today?

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May 8, 2013  08:13 AM ET
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Early riser today?

Damn dog woke me up...

May 8, 2013  08:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Hee Hee... You can always hope, Rex... but I'm pretty certain Bylsma has his job in mind right now.

no brainer even in the Fleury household

May 8, 2013  08:24 AM ET
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He did not look good on the bench during the last minute of the game, banging his head against his stick.

The soul patch sulk...

May 8, 2013  08:25 AM ET

Ahhh, good morning all! Air smells a little fresher, coffee tastes a little better....good to be an Isles fan this morning.

As horrible as MAF has been, the Isles are deserve credit for never crumbling when they surrender a goal.

May 8, 2013  08:27 AM ET

Anybody else see the video of Letang crosschecking/shoving the linesman at the end of the game?!

May 8, 2013  08:28 AM ET
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the Isles are deserve credit for never crumbling when they surrender a goal

After game 1 I blew off this series. The Isles have more grit than I gave them credit for. This is now a very intriguing series

May 8, 2013  08:40 AM ET
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no brainer even in the Fleury household

That last goal should have sealed the deal.

May 8, 2013  08:43 AM ET

This has proven to be a very enjoyable series. Tavares is getting a chance to show someone besides the 5 NYI fans what he is. MAF looks like a poor replacement for the Monster.

Sadly, neither team has the talent in net to go far in the playoffs. I still think the winner of the BOS-TOR series will be in the Finals.

May 8, 2013  08:43 AM ET
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That last goal should have sealed the deal.

I doubt he'll see the ice the rest of the series. Vokoun has the Isles number all year too.

May 8, 2013  08:50 AM ET
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Ahhh, good morning all! Air smells a little fresher, coffee tastes a little better....good to be an Isles fan this morning.As horrible as MAF has been, the Isles are deserve credit for never crumbling when they surrender a goal.

Funny...........I guessed you might be feeling good today! Tavares continues to be a leader. And the Isles should feel good about themselves. Never say die. The Pens SHOULD win this one easily, but I wouldn't bet big money against the Isles right now. They're in the Pittsburgh's head and have 'em talking to to themselves.

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May 8, 2013  09:02 AM ET
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That Portuguese-Toronto in Johnny T is serving Long Island very well. Man I wish he was ours.

No kidding. I would love for TOR to trade 2 First's and a 2nd for him.

Never ever bet against former Oshawa Generals stars.

 
May 8, 2013  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Ahhh, good morning all! Air smells a little fresher, coffee tastes a little better....good to be an Isles fan this morning.As horrible as MAF has been, the Isles are deserve credit for never crumbling when they surrender a goal.

Tavares goal was a thing of beauty.

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