When the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminated the New York Islanders on Saturday night, questions immediately surfaced about the team’s goalie situation. Veteran Tomas Vokoun replaced Marc-Andre Fleury between the pipes for Game 5 and he has done an excellent job in goal. Now, everyone is wondering whether Vokoun will remain in the net or if the team will give Fleury another go again in round two.
However, , head coach Dan Bylsma is not going to give any decision yet.
Bylsma isn’t ready to talk about who the starting goaltender for the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Ottawa Senators is going to be. The Pittsburgh Penguins passed along a quote on Saturday night.
Bylsma wouldn’t discuss starting goaltender for next series. Said, “We’ll enjoy the fact that we got four wins and moving on.”
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) May 12, 2013
If I was running the show, I would have to roll with Vokoun in net.
Fleury has had obvious struggles during the postseason — allowing 40 goals in his past 10 postseason appearances — and the amount of soft goals he let up in Game 4 was just too much. It was like he looked defeated and no longer wanted to be in goal.
When you are in the playoffs, you need a guy who is ready. That appears to be Vokoun.