Apr 15, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT
Say this about Dan Bylsma — he’s not lacking confidence.
Shortly after his team fell in a gigantic 3-0 series hole to the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins head coach not only back beleaguered starting netminder Marc-Andre Fleury, but also suggested series would be going the distance.
“I know Marc-Andre Fleury will be the guy in the net in our next four games,” he told reporters after Sunday’s 8-4 loss.
It’s a remarkably bold statement from the guy who, an hour earlier, yanked Fleury from the game after he allowed six goals on 28 shots. It was the latest low in what’s been a stunningly poor series for the 27-year-old netminder — all told, Fleury is now 0-6 and has allowed 26 goals in his last six playoff appearances dating back to Game 4 against the Lightning in Round 1 (when he was also pulled by Bylsma.)
Against Philadelphia this year, Fleury has allowed 17 goals on 84 shots in eight periods of action.
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