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Shero ‘not sure what happens’ if Pens didn’t turn to Vokoun

May 31, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

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Yesterday, we wrote about Marc-Andre Fleury’s future with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Today, Ray Shero shed some light on where the beleaguered goalie stands.

The Pens GM admitted he didn’t know what would’ve become of his club had it not yanked Fleury in favor of Tomas Vokoun during the opening round against New York.

“Without having Tomas Vokoun to go to in Game 5 against the Islanders,” Shero told reporters, “I’m not sure what happens.”

Vokoun was named the starting goalie with Fleury struggling, the series tied 2-2 and memories being stirred of last year’s playoff meltdown against Philadelphia.

Fleury looked equally lost against the Flyers in 2012 — posting a 2-4 record with a .834 save percentage and 4.63 GAA — but the Pens were essentially forced to roll with him as their starter (his backup, 34-year-old Brent Johnson, had a poor regular season and wasn’t an option to start.)

This year, they weren’t.

Vokoun was brought aboard as insurance for exactly this type of moment. He’s handled the situation about as well as anyone in the organization could’ve hoped — 6-1, .941 save percentage, 1.85 GAA — and, as Shero alluded to, may have saved Pittsburgh’s season.

Not that the Pens GM is overly surprised.

“[Vokoun has been one of the better goalies in the NHL,” he explained. “He just happened to be playing in Nashville and Florida, not in the media spotlight.”

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  1. operwapitsai - May 31, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    thanks for showing up in Washington!

    • bardown66 - May 31, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      To be fair, everyone in Washington under achieves. It’s not coincidence that he gets on a well run team an organization and suddenly improves. It was the capitals more so than any fault of vokoun’s.

      • babykaby - Jun 2, 2013 at 4:49 AM

        Idiot. It’s funny Holtby came in from the AHL and did what Vokoun couldn’t. He beat the reigning Stanley Cup winners (Boston) and then took NY to seven. Vokoun gave up seven pathetic goals his first game with the Caps, you know what his excuse was? I’m not used to having so many shots blocked in front of me. He’s over-rated. Just wait and see.

  2. papajack1259 - May 31, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    No one thinks better of himself than Shero, The Tortolini of GMs

    • tampaskinsfan - May 31, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Shero is a stud of a GM and he should wear a Pimp suit to the office everyday. Two words…James Neal

    • whammy71 - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      How dare you soil the Shero name. The man added 4 NHL players to his team at the deadline….and didn’t give up one player off his NHL roster….and didn’t mortgage his future.

      Not to mention Shero Dark Thirty snuck into Calgary and stole Iggy from the Flames…..while keeping him from his arch rival for this year.

      Well done my friend!

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