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Bylsma backs Fleury, says he’ll “be in the net in our next four games”

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.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    So, he will be in net the first 3 games of next season?

    • paulsdamnblog - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:26 PM

      Do you think he’s counting the preseason or the regular season?

  2. eaglesw00t - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Really? You’re going to say that you’re going 7 games after your team put that public disgrace on? I would be embarrassed to talk to the press, let alone guaranteeing to win 4 in a row…

  3. hawkeytown - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    I understand why he’s sticking with him; his back-up is not a real option. But I can’t believe how Fleury has lost his confidence; fighting EVERY shot. This will be over sooner rather than later.

  4. phillyphan83 - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    hahahahahahaha what a joke! Thanks for garaunteeing a Flyers sweep Dan! We love playing MAF! The only chance Pitt has is playing Johnson. At least he’s beaten the flyers this year!

  5. sgtr0c - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Could we have a story about how the Flyers score 16 goals against the Pens in tne last three days? What did the coach say about that? Is part of his master plan? His defense and goalie have allowed 16 goals in the last two games, that is not stanely cup like. Pens are done.

  6. feva4theflava - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Pens might as well play without a goalie, oh wait, having a man advantage has only hurt us thus far.

  7. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    I would put Crosby in goal, the Flyers would rather shoot pucks at him than in the goal :)

    that is your only chance in winning game 4 Bylsma

  8. somekat - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    He has no choice. Johnson is a joke. Back up goalie is yet another position, like every other, that the flyers are vastly superior to the Pens

  9. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    What? Shero told me I’m getting the nod. Byslma must be a bit out of the loop.

  10. imacdane - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    So is he saying that they’ll lose in game 7 or that he’ll be starting Johnson in the 2nd round?

  11. heyzeus143 - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    pens in 7

    • wheresdapuck - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:45 AM

      I was thinking the next game would be Flyers 10; Pens 2.

      Anytime you have double Hat Trick scored against you in a series, you are done. Stick a fork into Crosby…

  12. kprimo25 - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing, over and over, and expecting a different result.

    Thank goodness Dan Bylsma is insane.

  13. mojosmagic - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Blysma also said” I’m melting, I’m melting.

  14. schuckme - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    pens are better off calling tom barrasso out of retirement lol wouldnt matter tho the flyers OWN them its not even funny anymore this is just amazing to see as a flyers fan

  15. schuckme - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    i loved biscottacheesefatties comment, great call bro just made me laugh lol its the truth too.. but thing is, pucks wouldnt be hitting crosby tho cuz he would have two clowns in black and white stripes standing in front of him taking the shots for him

  16. dawglb - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Glad to know he will be in goal against the Flyers in October. One, maybe 2 starts this season and 2 more in October.

  17. islandersfan - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Fleury isn’t the problem, On a lot of (not all of) the goals against he was left to dry by atrocious defense. Switching a goalie in those instances may be a good idea if the team needed a jump start, but with all the fights and stupidity going on they need focus, not more energy

    • somekat - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:52 PM

      Regardless, it loses all the shockvalue (aka jump start) when he waited to do it between periods. If you didn’t do it once Simmonds scored, they shouldn’t of done it at all. Doing it between periods looks like what it is, a panic move. “I don’t know what else to do, let me try this”

  18. geo91 - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Bold, Sir. I like it.

  19. wheresdapuck - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    With a record 17 goals in 2 2/3 games, Fluery should have immediately been demoted to the AHL or possibly released! End of story…

    And Bylsma stating Fluery will start the next 4 games; Bylsma meant to say he will start his last game in the NHL against the Flyers and then retire!

    The Pens complete confidence in this 1st Round series is gone…

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