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Is Tomas Vokoun the key to a Stanley Cup for Pittsburgh?

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06:29 PM ET 05.19 | The Pittsburgh Penguins are currently ahead in their series against the Ottawa Senators 2-0, which is a far cry from how things went for them in the first round of the playoffs. In their series against the New York Islanders, the Pens went through six games and a pair of goalies before finally figuring things out, or so it seems. Tomas Vokoun replaced long time netminder Marc Andre-Fleury midway through the series against the Isles and so far the Penguins haven't lost a game. But while the resurgence of Sidney Crosby is making headlines, especially after his hat trick in Game 2, the real key to the Penguins winning the Stanley Cup may be the pads and skills of their netminder Tomas Vokoun. Look back at all the great runs made by teams in the postseason and you'll see the correlation between winning and excellent netminding. Vokoun isn't considered one of hockey's elite goalies but those seem to be crafted in the postseason when stopping the puck counts more than it ever has before. Guys like Jean Sebastian-Gigure and more notably Jonathan Quick have crated legacies out of masterful netminding performances in the Stanley Cup playoffs, which bodes well for Vokoun and the Pens.

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Tomas Vokoun, AP Photo/Kathy Willens Tomas Vokoun, AP Photo/Kathy Willens
May 19, 2013  07:20 PM ET

Let's Go Pens!

May 19, 2013  07:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Let's Go Kings!

fixed

May 19, 2013  07:33 PM ET

Vokoun doing good so far......let's see how tonight goes in Sens hometown.

May 19, 2013  07:33 PM ET

If the Pens win the Cup it will be despite their goaltending not because of it.

May 19, 2013  07:39 PM ET

BTW nice to see you back on the threads Kinger. I hope school went well for you.

May 19, 2013  08:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

BTW nice to see you back on the threads Kinger. I hope school went well for you.

Was he on a time-out? :)

May 19, 2013  09:49 PM ET

Considering MAF has a bag of nothing right now...

Yeah - I guess Vokoun is pretty important, Mr. Fansided writer.

May 19, 2013  09:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

If the Pens win the Cup it will be despite their goaltending not because of it.

Vokoun has looked pretty good for the Pens...the mistake will be if they put MAF back in goal.

May 19, 2013  10:04 PM ET

Let the Matt Cooke bashing commence...

May 19, 2013  10:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Let the Matt Cooke bashing commence...

I don't remember when I've last seen refereeing this bad in the playoffs. The call against Karlsson with a minute and a half to go was brutal. I watched that weasel smile of Cooke's face on the bench and hoped for justice to be served and it did with Alfredsson scoring a shortie.

May 19, 2013  10:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I don't remember when I've last seen refereeing this bad in the playoffs. The call against Karlsson with a minute and a half to go was brutal. I watched that weasel smile of Cooke's face on the bench and hoped for justice to be served and it did with Alfredsson scoring a shortie.

That was a terrible penalty call...

May 19, 2013  11:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

That was a terrible penalty call...

That was a series altering call. But, justice was served. Now, we have us a series. I'd like to see it go seven.

May 20, 2013  12:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Let the Matt Cooke bashing commence...

Okay a personal favorite

May 20, 2013  12:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Okay a personal favorite

Pow. Right in the kisser

May 20, 2013  12:07 AM ET

May 20, 2013  12:26 AM ET

Cup lore

May 20, 2013  02:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Cup lore

damn
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May 20, 2013  02:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

damn[youtube][/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wbimc5mMsjEyoutube]

May 20, 2013  03:16 AM ET

 
May 20, 2013  07:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Pow. Right in the kisser

Boom Boom out go the lights!!

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