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Video: Marc-Andre Fleury injured during collision

Mar 26, 2013, 9:33 PM EDT

The Pittsburgh Penguins have augmented their roster with two substantial trades, but now they might need to wonder about their situation in net after Marc-Andre Fleury was hurt thanks to this collision:

As you can see from the video, Brian Gionta pushed Tyler Kennedy into Fleury. It wasn’t the usual high-speed blow that often beguiles netminders; instead, it seemed like the 28-year-old took an awkward spill.

Tomas Vokoun spelled Fleury in the third period.

The Penguins made a significant investment in the 36-year-old as a $2 million-per-year backup. If Fleury is seriously hurt, they’ll need the Czech-born goalie to come up big … unless Ray Shero has even more up his sleeves.

(H/T to SBNation.)

  1. ironman721 - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Not good. Hope he’s ok! 13 strait but it could be a costly win.

  2. crashtheboards55 - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Warch the replay and you will see the little b**** gionta
    Place his feet into Kennedy’s and the push him into Fleury. Punk move by a little weasel chicken s*** bag of a**. If he had any guts he would have fought cooke when challenged.

    • ironman721 - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      Agreed

    • djamesbart - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      Montreal has become such an unlikable team.
      Just a bunch of irritating ankle biters running around taking cheap shots & diving.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:20 PM

        They always have been an unlikeable team

    • 950003cups - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:02 AM

      And the Pend just keep on improvng! Fleury was the key to playoff success for the OTHER TEAM

    • 950003cups - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:02 AM

      And the Pens just keep on improvng! Fleury was the key to playoff success for the OTHER TEAM

  3. jacketsfan7 - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    @crashtheboards I totally agree , he slew-footed him , and I appreciate you censoring out your words :)

  4. sjsharks66 - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Yeah he was not pushed but he defiantly sticks his leg out causing TK to crash. Hope Flower has a quick recovery!

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:58 PM

      Honestly dude why are you desperately seeking approval from pens fans its weird ! The Saturday Night HNIC that the Pens played them in Montreal I posted watch them the Habs are a dirty team and got 1000 thumbs down TOLD YA SO !

      • crashtheboards55 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:01 PM

        Man I totally agree with you. I said the same thing and all people could bring up was cooke. NO need from that kind of play from any player on any team.

      • ironman721 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:13 PM

        You did call it. I didn’t think much of it at the time. Now is a different story.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:25 PM

        You know I know you want your #1 guy in there and I don’t claim to no anything about the Pens like you guys but once the back up got his feet wet Mr V I though was pretty steady ! The Pens are so good they could and would compete for a cup with him if this is a lot more than anybody expects !

      • ironman721 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:30 PM

        That last trade w/ SJ is looking pretty good. Pens are gonna need a stay at home d-man now more then ever.

  5. steelers88 - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Voukoun is a solid goalie but I don’t know if his a guy you can ride in the playoffs. If Flurey is out for a while the Penguins Maybe someone like a Loungo?

    • pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:01 PM

      Loungo? Are you crazy. Have faith in Vokoun like I do

    • valoisvipers - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      Just say no to Luongo!

    • letsgopens8771 - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:47 AM

      Umm… In case you haven’t been watching the same last 9 games, (some of which Vokoun has played in) the Penguins have been playing real well in front of him, and they realize how important playing good defense is, no matter who is in the net. With the way the Pens are playing defensively and how well Vokoun has been playing, No trade should be made for any goaltender, let alone Luongo. (shudder). I think Vokoun can manage. I have faith like you, pitpenguinsrulez.

  6. chanceoffleury1 - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    As long as it’s nothing long term it’s not the end of the world. Biggest downer is that he was robbed of another shutout! The next 5 games are all opponents that Vokoun could handle if Fleury needs a couple days, though. Vokoun shut out the Rangers earlier this season (2/5 are NY) and he should be able to handle Buffalo, the Isles, and the Jets at home. Especially with Murray coming in and Malkin probably coming back sometime within the next few games. The only real issue would be the back to backs on April 2/3. Fleury getting some rest right before the playoffs, even if it is because of an injury, isn’t the worst thing in the world. He’ll come in fresh.

    • sidneythekidney87 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      Yeah good point. Could help even if it’s brought on by a crappy situation. Although with how insanely good Flower is in March, I hope he can play a couple more. Have you seen his March stats? Holy….

    • JoeAvg - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      Ahhh Vokoun handled the Bruins just fine and was superb tonight as well. My jaw hit the floor on Kunitz’s giveaway but Vokoun stood his ground. No worries there. What scares me is if Fleury is out awhile what happens to the groove he’s in right now. Might take some time to get it back.

  7. friedberg7 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Conx in 2008. Vokoun in 2013. We can do it again!

  8. bruinz99 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    What? No habswoman comments. Oh. Montreal vs Boston tomorrow…he’s in bed early. He must have a along day of cutting heads out of pictures of Bruins players tomorrow.

    • ironman721 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      Ok that’s kinda funny👍!

  9. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Gionta knew what he was doing, and the players on the ice knew exactly what he did after the fact. No denying that. Definitely was a shame he wouldn’t stand up for his actions. I think Kunitz gave him a little shot at the end, but nothing near enough. Lost some respect for him, but eh, he’s a brat. Hoping Fleury’s ok – hopefully just a flesh wound.

  10. canucks30 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Luongo for Crosby. Thumbs down if you agree.

  11. mclovinhockey - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    So pens fans calling the Habs dirty and divers??? Have they ever watched a pens game?

  12. mclovinhockey - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Btw, to all the morons calling out gionta…. He got IN FRONT of Kennedy, Gionta stopped and Kennedy tripped over him. Watch from behind the net it’s more clear

    So please stop being idiots and crying wolf.

    • nicknyhc - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:45 AM

      You might be the only guy on this page with any sense.

      Anything involving a Pens injury has to become a complete travesty and/or conspiracy theory. Its unreal. How exactly can you sleu foot someone who is behind you and is moving forward? I guess the laws of gravity are not fully understood in Pittsburgh. Their fans have gotten so used to being the golden boys of the league and now every time something doesn’t go there way they’re up in arms.

      I wish Fleury the best, but its his own d man’s fault for steam rolling him. Accidents happen, get it over Pens fans.

    • crashtheboards55 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      Hey moron. Yeah I am calling you out. Watch the replay again. Watch Gionta trip Kennedy and push him. He knew exactly what he was doing. And to address your moron mr conspiracy theory in ny I think her name is Nicole, the laws of gravity are pretty clear. You get tripped and pushed you usually fall down. It’s not a conspiracy when it actually happens. You two morons probably think the NHL is fixed for the penguins to win everything too.

      • mclovinhockey - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        Yup, Gionta gets in front of Kennedy and trips him with his leg , oh yeah then he pushes him with his ass to make sure Kennedy hits MAF…

        OR… and just hear me out

        Gionta cuts off Kennedy and goes to the net in case of a rebound, then stops himself from running into MAF and Kennedy trips over Gionta due to it being a hockey play

      • crashtheboards55 - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:27 PM

        Did you watch the replay at all? In all seriousness, I thought the same thing. After I watched the replay he extends his leg and gives Kennedy a shove. He knew what he was doing. I would say the same thing if Orpik or any of the Pens did the same thing. Please don’t think that because I am a Pens fan, I believe that they are clean. I condemned Matt Cooke, James Neal and Aaron Asham for all the crap that they did. I don’t like cheap shots no matter who it is.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      I’ll respond to your back-to-back comments in one for the sake of organization.

      You’re right he got In front of Kennedy which is exactly what he should be doing. No issue there. Where I draw issue is the sweep of the leg and the turning of his body. I believe that this was a conscious and dangerous decision to send Kennedy flying. Now unfortunately Kennedy caught Fleury up high and hurt him – I don’t necessarily blame Gionta for that (this wasn’t like when he nearly took off James Reimer’s head). However, it was a less than savory play to say the least.

      Second – I want to draw a logical fallacy in your first statement: regardless of whether or not the Pens are dirty (which we can debate if you like but I’m not going to at the moment), that has no baring on the play being discussed. If the Pens are dirty, it doesn’t mean the Habs are any less or more dirty or vice-versa.

      Also there is no need for name calling.

      • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:18 AM

        *draw attention to a logical fallacy

        Maybe I am an idiot if I can’t put a sentence together :)

    • koontang11 - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      the replay from behind the net makes it more obvious he knew what he was doing. he strategically positioned himself to create a situation like that..

  13. alswingman - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Maybe Brent Johnson is available and the Pens can make a very early playoff exit.

    • tbell1980 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:18 AM

      johnny would have skated to center ice and knocked out Price after gionta’s tactics.

  14. 950003cups - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:15 AM

    YEEEEEE-HAWWWWW!!!! I called it!!! I always warned you jokers about Karma. The Matt Cooke Karma has set in!!!

    YOU ALL KNOW WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THOSE THUMBS!!!!!!!

    Release that dirt bag and you will prosper. Continue to keep him and the current black cloud will remain

    Crosby = concussion
    Malkin = concusion
    Flerry = We’ll find out
    Whos next?
    It’ll go on and on and on
    No postseason success any longer.

    Cooke = Bad Karma

    • koontang11 - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:07 AM

      you’re actually pathetic

    • tbell1980 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      yeah we get injured like every other team in the league…. has nothing to do with Cooke being on our team. And “release the dirg bag and you will prosper”???? ummmm we’ve kept him and we are 1st in the NHL, and have won 13 in a row w/o the 2nd best player in the world. I think we’re doing quite alright with Cooke in our line up.

    • crashtheboards55 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      Helen Keller just called you retarded for whatever it is you wrote above. Go outside grab a brick and hit yourself in the face. Repeat.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      If this was the way Karma worked (it isn’t), then wouldn’t an equally plausible explanation be that the injuries to Spezza, Karlsson, Anderson, etc, as well as the lack of Sens postseason success are the result of having Chris Neil in your employ?

      No? No answer? Okay no answer.

  15. letsgopens8771 - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:44 AM

    GIONTA!!! GO BACK TO THE SHIRE WITH ALL THE OTHER HOBBITS WHERE YOU BELONG!

  16. steelers88 - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    If Flurey has what I think he has which is a concussion. He could possibly be out of the playoffs as well. Pens fans should know that concussions can last a long time.

  17. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    No one on the Habs stepped up to protect their cap. How will they react in the playoffs when the going gets tough? Do they have the character to stand up for each other? Bergevin has to be looking to add some toughness before the trade deadline.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      Hab fans thought Bergevin addressed that issue last summer with the additions of an overpaid Prust and Toronto castaway Armstrong. Last nights game proved that both Bergevin and the fans were wrong.

  18. jpak12 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Injuring goalies is what the habs do, especially Gionta, worst part they cheap shot the goalie then when the opposing team goes after their players to fight they run away then cry later about teams trying to fight them. Habs fans like to complain about when Orr rag dolled Gionta then one punched Bourqe the reason that happened is they ran Reimer throughout the game and Carlyle apparently even told the team the Habs like to run goalies (look at Gionta elbowing Reimer last year) and if they do it again make them regret it.

  19. mclovinhockey - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Koontang… Have you ever played hockey?

    Gionta went to the net, got in front of Kennedy to make sure if there is any rebound he would get it, had his stick on the ice to make sure he can play that rebound and stopped so he would be in the right position for that rebound and so he doesn’t hit MAF. That’s all.

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