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Crosby says Pens have confidence in Fleury

May 8, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

Isles score on Fleury Getty Images

We can hear the rebuttals already — Well, what else is he supposed to say? That Marc-Andre Fleury is terrible and Tomas Vokoun should definitely start Game 5?

And while that particularly rebuttal may, in fact, have merit, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby still came out in support of his team’s embattled starting goalie the day after Fleury allowed six goals on 24 shots in a 6-4 loss to the Islanders.

“Our confidence (in him) is there,” said Crosby, per WDVE’s Mike Prisuta. “He’s won a Stanley Cup. He’s shown numerous times he can bounce back.”

But will Fleury be given the opportunity in Game 5 to show he can bounce back? The 28-year-old has given up 14 goals — a number of them questionable — in the last three games, and the Pens have a capable backup in veteran Tomas Vokoun.

Fleury also struggled badly in last year’s first-round loss to the Flyers.

Related: Columnist says Pens must start Vokoun in Game 5

  1. ibieiniid - May 8, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    bounce back on that D—!

    • 950003cups - May 8, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      DAY ONE: Crosby Says Pens Have Confidence In Fleury
      DAY TWO: Crosby Demands To Be Traded Because “Pens Have Confidence In Fleury”
      DAY THREE: Mario Lemieux Claims He Was Misquoted. Says Fleury Sucks.

  2. bardown66 - May 8, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    As much as I like and respect Crosby. I believe this is just lip service. Saying what he has too. I’m
    Not hockey genius nor do I pretend to be, you sit fleury, niskanen, and chew out Malkin. All three were absurd last game. Time to take of the kid gloves and hold people accoutable. Is miss Lemieux and Scotty bowman running the team like 92.

    • JoeAvg - May 8, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      If you recall, the 92 team looked horrible to start those playoffs falling behind Washington 3 games to 1. Then they woke up and only lost two more games the rest of the way. So it’s possible. Keep your fingers crossed.

      • bardown66 - May 8, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        Very true, it’s not crisis mode til they lose game 5. If they lose game 5 it’s no holds barred. I’m feeling a Crosby take over, ala super Mario style.

      • JoeAvg - May 8, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        I’m still holding hope. But this type of effort is certainly not what everyone was expecting after last years flop.

      • whammy71 - May 8, 2013 at 5:52 PM

        Sid can’t hold Mario’s jock! And this is coming from a diehard Pens fan. You must be one of the “fan since 2005” that the Cryer fans talk about.

    • jpelle82 - May 8, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      yeah you cant expect him to say anything different. malkin had a decent game, that turnover at the end was egregious though. fleury has to sit though, if sid thinks he can bounce back, maybe next series he can have that chance

      • laxman1944 - May 8, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        Ok…So Holmer last week comes out and talks up his captain and you kill him for it….something about wearing a skirt I believe.

        Now YOUR captain comes out and talks up MAF……..hhhhhmmm a bit of hypocracy….

        Can’t have it both ways Pelle…….

      • jpelle82 - May 8, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        what? are you talking about laviolette commenting on giroux for no reason, when no one asked about it, and when the flyers arent even relevant anymore? how he felt the need to defend his captain for no reason when they arent even playing hockey anymore? how is this in any way the same? there’s no coach saying anything, its a team mate answering a question about another teammate.

  3. jonkchar - May 8, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    im for a game 5 Vokoun start, but I just think it was a weird game for the Pens- lots of weird stuff

  4. illlogicalvoice - May 8, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Who cares what Cindy says. They were better without him.

    • bardown66 - May 8, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      Well, considering he is a solid locker room presence and phenomenal player. I’ll venture a guess that a lot of people listen to what he says. If you are one of those who think Malkin is a better leader, just watch how he regressed into a total spazz who constantly retaliates. I wouldn’t trust Malkin to lead a Boy Scout group. Great player, but not a leader IMO.

    • fantasyhockeyguru - May 8, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      The Pens were incredible when each of their “stars” were out this season. Winning records without Sid, Geno, Letang, and Neal….that argument is also why Sid shouldn’t win MVP this year. Missing time and take him away, that team is still a dominant force

      • barkar942 - May 8, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        MVP is Tavares, hands down.
        The Isles have been quietly building a strong team over the last few years, and now after ending up with Nabokov and Visnovsky buying in after kicking and crying about going to the island, and Tavares is quietly becoming a true superstar in the league.
        Hell- Tim Thomas may actually want to play next year after watching them!

      • jpelle82 - May 8, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        hands down….lol…you’ve got your hands down your pants it sounds like. finalist…maybe.

    • mordock57 - May 8, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      What an apt screen name you’ve chosen.

      • fantasyhockeyguru - May 9, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        ?? I didn’t even say who should win… Ovi probably should and will win MVP. Tavares did big things, but Ovi did as well and put up better numbers doing so, and got his team a better seed blah blah blah

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 8, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      you are true to your name. lol

      • fantasyhockeyguru - May 9, 2013 at 3:06 PM


  5. JoeAvg - May 8, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Fleury needs a good defense in front of him. He can hold his own with a bad game by the team here and there but when it’s night after night of being bombarded by quality shots he begins to break. This whole team needs to focus and pick it now. Nothing beats lethargy like a night of good hard work.

    • bardown66 - May 8, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      To argue that, they scored 4 goals and only gave up 24 shots. Goals 3, and 6 were absolutely atrocious last night. Fleury of 09 is dead and buried. Just like a major league pitcher, that mental state can be lost and never regained.

      • JoeAvg - May 8, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        Not saying they shouldn’t sit Fleury, just pointing out a fact. Vokoun should go for at least a game – starting tomorrow.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 8, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        The shot total doesn’t really paint an accurate picture though. There were a few last night where the defender in front of him let his man cut back into the middle with no resistance.

      • stakex - May 8, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        The Fleury of 09 was a fluke that was partialy created becuase he had a much better team in front of him back then. The Pens might have a slight bit more fire power this year, but they had a much better defense when they won the cup. Though better defense probably wouldn’t have helped on the two laughable goals, the weaker defense puts more presure on him to be better…. and he clearly can’t handle it and gets sloppy.

    • burgh916 - May 8, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      Same old excuse. I’m tired of it quite frankly.
      Do you realize he handcuffs himself? Quality shots? What are you watching? The only quality shot that game was the Tavares goal.
      We play positionally sound to start the game, then this bozo lets in soft goals, and we have to play catch up. He ruins himself, plain and simple.

      I guess Nabby didn’t get the memo that turnovers automatically lead to goals?

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 8, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      they scored a goal from behind the net, and he looked horrendous on the attempted poke check. Time to sit him out.

  6. nothanksimdriving123 - May 8, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    The captain said what he was supposed to. But starting Fleury would be foolish. One bad one early and the ship goes down. But a 60 minute effort by the Pens would be a novelty. You cannot afford to ease up on the gas pedal for a moment at this time of year.

  7. supercoop8 - May 8, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    If you look at Orpik’s reaction on the Okposo goal you can formulate a good idea on how the Pens feel about Fleury right now.

  8. steelers88 - May 8, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Is he joking?

  9. e5tolife - May 8, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    If they lose game 5 they won’t make it out of game 6 in New York so you have to make your change now before its too late

  10. miketoasty - May 8, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Well it’s official, Vokoun is the starter for tomorrow per Dan Bylsma.

  11. steelpenbucs87 - May 8, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Welp – Bylsma does not have confidence. Vokoun is officially starting game 5.

    • mordock57 - May 8, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      And that worries me. I think it’s a bad decision. He could have always pulled Fleury during the game, but should have given him the start.

  12. rsl22 - May 8, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Why is no one talking about, and/or, why has PHT not posted anything on Letang cross-checking a ref at the end of last night’s game?

    • ibieiniid - May 8, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      yeah those were both pretty despicable. ohhhhhhh Penguins. worst losers in the game…. except Montreal the other day.

      • rsl22 - May 8, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        At least the entire world talked about how awful MTL was….why is Letang cross-checking a ref going so under the radar?

        I personally hate refs. They ruin everything. I’d almost always rather teams just play 5-on-5. But come on, cross-checking the guy is pretty bad.

      • ibieiniid - May 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        idk why i said “both of those” in reply to what you said lol. i was talking about morrow slamming dude’s head and the ref check though.

      • rsl22 - May 8, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        Yea, in all, the Pens probably got away with close to 5 penalties in the final 10 minutes of that game. And yet Sid will still be out there running his mouth about the missed call against the Isles next game.

        But I guess that’s just being a good leader…?

      • ibieiniid - May 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        careful, treading on thin ice. somebody on YOUR team might be called a crybaby by a protective Crosby fan instead.

      • rsl22 - May 8, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        How do you know the Pens aren’t my team? Maybe I can just see a cross-check, missed calls, and whining when it’s blatantly obvious?

      • ibieiniid - May 8, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        because I’ve never seen a penguins fan imply that Sidney’s style is not good leadership.
        but yeah we all see those things. Pens fans, especially on PHT, tend not to. if you ARE a Pens fan, you’re an anomaly.

      • rsl22 - May 8, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        Ha. I am NOT a Pens fan. But as they’re on TV four times a week, there’s no choice but to suffer through their games.

  13. ironcity6pak - May 8, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Has been confirmed that fluery will sit thurs as press conference.

  14. burgh916 - May 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Crosby always does this. I remember a few seasons back Brent Johnson was on a 7-0 Save % of 95+ and a GAA of ~1 or below. Fleury was 0-5 GAA of 5+ and Save % in the 70s.
    Sid goes to the media saying Fleury needs to play, he’s our guy. I felt that was pretty immature at the time… Johnny is playing his best hockey, and you go on a pedestal to root for another guy.
    However, this time around it’s just what he’s expected to say, you can’t tell a teammate they suck I guess. Either way, excited for Vokoun’s turn.

  15. tmoore4075 - May 8, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    I know you have to say stuff but the quote:

    “He’s won a Stanley Cup. He’s shown numerous times he can bounce back.”

    He won the Cup in 09 and hasn’t done anything since. Hasn’t won a series since 2010 and had a 3-2 lead in round 2 and had an awful game 7. Then the last two years he’s 4-6 I think with a GAA of somewhere close to 4.0 over those 10 games. Right move by the Pens. Crosby can say this all he wants but the team sure isn’t playing like the have confidence in MAF.

  16. modellforprez - May 8, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Remember where you read it 1st. Tomas “Vokey-The coon-Vulcan Vokey-The Bastige will steal game 5 and 6 to wrap it up. he has the isles # with a 3-0 record and posting a 0.90 GA average. the Pens will win game 5 and 6. first game 5 will be pens 5 isles 1 and game 6 on strong isle will be 4-2 guinigans ya dig

  17. puckyouall - May 8, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Vokoun hasn’t played in how long as per Disco Dan’s great plan? Should have had him playing one or two of those last three games. Probably pretty rusty right now. AND no practice held on Wed. Explain please?

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