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Fleury: Quick will be ‘fine’ after getting pulled

Jun 3, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT


Marc-Andre Fleury knows what it’s like to be replaced in goal.

As such, he’s a good person to ask about Jonathan Quick.

Quick, who was yanked for the first time this postseason in Sunday’s 4-2 Game 2 loss to Chicago, gave up four goals for the first time in 34 postseason games and was replaced by Jonathan Bernier.

It’s something Fleury doesn’t expect to happen again in Game 3.

“[Quick] has had a terrific playoffs,” Fleury told the Chicago Tribune. “Chicago’s a tough team, dangerous team. They have so much offensive power, power up front.

“It happens, but I’m sure he’ll be fine next game.”

Fleury lasted just four games this postseason before he was pulled in favor of Thomas Vokoun.

The 28-year-old spent most of the year as Pittsburgh’s No. 1 goalie but, after allowing 14 goals in Games 2-4 against the Islanders and losing two of three, he was dumped in favor of the veteran Czech netminder.

Fleury has handled the demotion well.

Last week, he said he was “trying not to think about” his future with the Penguins, opting rather to focus on the present and being the best backup possible.

In speaking with the Tribune, he added he has a good working relationship with Vokoun and ignores chatter of a goaltending controversy.

“I don’t read the media speculation, so that helps,” Fleury said. “It’s not about me. It’s about the team, and the team’s been winning, been good.

“And Vokoun’s been good, so I work hard in practice, trying to stay sharp.”

  1. kingsforever - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Play Bernier

  2. blomfeld - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    What a nice man …

    Full marks to Marc-Andre Fluery for these ‘kind and supportive’ words, which no doubt will assuage any angst or upset that Quickie might be feeling at the present. The Penguins are very fortunate to have a ‘quality’ individual like this on their team and therefore I wish Marc-Andre and his colleagues all the very best ! :)

    NHL’s Top Goaltenders as per Bloomberg Sports:

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Jonathan Bernier
    3) Marc-Andre Fluery
    4) Carey Price
    5) Roberto Luongo (ie: assuming he reports to the Lightning’s training camp in September)

    28) Ilya Bryzgalov
    29) Corey Crawford
    30) Ray Emery

    • Brian Burke - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      You are seriously our of your damn mind

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        Now hold up for a second, let’s be fair.

        He could be perma-drunk.

      • Brian Burke - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        Old blomfeld must keep logging in and disliking our comments haha

      • alswingman - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        Ignore her, she’s just an attention seeker/troll.

  3. ironyisadeadscene - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Is this a new segment on PHT: Ask a sh!tty goaltender about a great goaltender?

    • nightfireop - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      irony, that was actually pretty funny. thanks for a good laugh 😛

    • chanceoffleury1 - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      Well MAF had the best S% in the 2008 playoffs of any substantial starter and won the cup in 2009. He hasn’t always been sh*tty. He fell off the wagon after he won the Cup and for the last 3 years everyone just calls him an overrated piece of s***. I’m not at all saying Quick will turn into MAF because Quick just seems to have a better natural skill set for the position and a much higher ceiling then Fleury will ever have, but I’m just saying the only reason MAF is considered “overrated” is because he was once good enough to be described as the best. Had we never seen that MAF was capable of multiple shutouts and a sub-2.0 GAA in the playoffs, then nobody would expect him to perform at that level and he never would have been given the elite label in the first place. Now that people have seen Quick dominate the playoffs they want him to play like that every series, every year. If he’s the headcase that Fleury has turned out to be then he’ll crumble, if he’s hard-headed and truly is elite like say, Brodeur, then he’ll shake it off and continue to be a brick wall.

  4. lateralous - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Is there really any question that Quick will bounce back? He “bounced” back nicely when he started getting some heat in the St Louis series after giving up a couple of game winning softies at the end of otherwise stellar performances.

    LA ought to be worried that their offense will be “fine” before it’s too late.

  5. bobhuong1 - Jun 6, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Why do all the folks from pittsburgh just whine?

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