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Vokoun to start Game 2

Jun 3, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

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The return of Marc-Andre Fleury will have to wait.

Per Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Tomas Vokoun will start again tonight for the Pittsburgh Penguins as they look to bounce back from Saturday’s 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins.

Vokoun stopped 27 of Boston’s 30 shots in that Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. The 36-year-old boasts a .937 save percentage in the playoffs, far superior to the .891 number Fleury put up prior to being replaced after four games of the first round.

According to NHL.com’s Chris Adamski, Vokoun knew soon after Game 1 that he would be starting Game 2.

  1. capsrockva - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Go Bruins at least for this round

  2. kovodisc - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Smart move. Pulling Vokoun after one iffy start is not the right call.

    With that being said, I hope he lets in 5 tonight and we see Fleury finish off the game. Advantage Bruins.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      iffy start! What game were you watching?

  3. jpelle82 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    a deflected puck through the legs, then a good effort by krejci on the second one, and a bad rebound on the third. doesnt justify losing the job but he can play better. he will have to tonight.

    • freestyle1022 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      lets not forget there were two bruins wide open in front of the net on the third goal. Kind of need some defense to not get scored on as well. That one was far from Vokouns fault.

      Good decision to go back to him in game 2. He deserves it after getting them this far.

    • Tyler - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      As long as the team [defense] in front of him is more sound in their own end, I think he’ll rebound well. That said, I think it’ll be a very close game.

      • tokyobuzzsaw - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        Kind of hard to be good in your own end when all three forwards are heading up ice as soon as anyone from the B’s takes a shot. Everyone on the Penguins wants a breakaway, they all want to make the ESPN Top 10 Plays list. Seems the star studded front line of the Penguins doesn’t think it’s necessary to play defense. Can’t do that against the B’s as they crash the net too hard. It puts way too much pressure on their D and goalie to control rebounds and push the puck up ice. I hope they keep trying for the hail mary though. If they do it will be a nice short series for the B’s.

      • jpelle82 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        i dont think its that at all. its down 2-0 in the 3rd period at that point, they needed goals.

  4. ewoods6 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    If Flower comes back, he’ll be a wall.

    Calling it. Many forget he is a multiple 40 game winner and has a Stanley Cup.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      vokoun will have to get chased in a game 2 loss for us to see fleury. i dont like the prospect of starting fleury after going down 0-2 heading into boston though either.

      • jimthebear - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:10 PM

        I like it a lot.. But then again, THEY BOTH STINK.. It really doesn’t matter which.

    • kovodisc - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      He’s proving that that may have been a “one-time” thing with that season.

      He has been mediocre the past few years, and has inflated wins because of the stellar offense around him.

    • micklethepickle - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      YOU are the one that seems to be forgetting the team that’s playing in front of him. Remember how Bryzgalov was considered so great in a defense-first environment in PHX? If BeachBall Fleury were not on a team that could outscore most opponents, he’d already be a backup in the AHL.

      • miketoasty - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        YOU forget Fleury has a career .910 save percentage and a 2.66 GAA with a team in front of him that only thinks about offense, that’s pretty decent numbers to say the least.

      • micklethepickle - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        Of the 23 goalies to make a start in the 2013 NHL playoffs, BBF is ranked 20th. But you’re right that he USED to be good…. oh, what’s that? Only ONE TIME in his entire career has BBF ever finished in the top 10 of sesason GAA?

        I apologize for being wrong. You’re right that BeachBall isn’t an AHL quality backup; he’s just a mediocre NHL-level backup. Hey, I’m not criticizing – I’ll never play any sport professionally. I guess if “decent” is what you’re after, you’ve (nearly) got it in BBF. However, your pal characterizing him as a “wall” is hilariously unreal.

      • pepper2011 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        That is not decent. its almost identical to Jose Theodore (who has 200+ more games).
        It’s backup goalie numbers. Ray Emery has almost exactly the same numbers.

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

        Jonathan Quicks career numbers – .915 Save Percentage 2.32 GAA
        Ryan Miller career numbers – .915 Save Percentage 2.59 GAA

        Being that Fleury started off on a team that twice had the number one overall pick, and didn’t make playoffs until the 3rd year of his career, I’ll take his “Mediocre” numbers.

        Plus if you want to talk about a team playing in front of you, Quick has been playing behind a defense first team, while Fleury’s playing in front of an offense first team. No one in Pittsburgh expects Lunqvist or Quick type numbers, we aren’t that naive in thinking you can spend all your money on offense and expect a goalie to put up HOF numbers.

      • micklethepickle - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:54 PM

        What do you think of ol’ Beach Ball now? LOL! So damn funny. “He’s on the same level as Jonathan Quick…. derp derp…” Want to take that back? What’s his save % right now? 0.00% this game?

      • jpelle82 - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM

        theodore was an mvp at some point in his career wasnt he? yep he was

  5. thebigtim2012 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    And all of New England breathed a sigh of relief. Honestly he did a phenomenal job considering what his teammates gave him to work with.

  6. malkinrulez - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    kovodisc hardly a one time thing. Took the pens to finals in back to back years

    • kovodisc - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      So he has two cups? Last I checked it was only one…thus making it a ONE TIME THING.

      • kovodisc - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        And as far as the 40-win seasons go….he’s had 2 5 years apart. The first in which he put up a 2.83 GAA (!!!) and a SV% of 903. Not exactly stellar. Oh ya…he had 5 shutouts that year….in 67 starts. Tuuka had 5 shutouts THIS YEAR…you know, in SIGNIFICANTLY fewer starts.

  7. imleftcoast - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    When is NBC going to have a daily 30-minute hockey wrap-up show – either broadcast or Internet-only?

  8. hockeywithdrawal - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Shelly Anderson takes some real liberties in her tweets. Not a big fan of hers – she does her best to stir up controversy. The real quote is out on the Pens homepage.

    • miketoasty - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Quote from Pens.com

      “When asked if coach Bylsma had talked to him about a possible goalie change, Vokoun responded, “No, Dan just said I’m playing next game and that was it.” And when the media asked Bylsma if he had thought about a goalie change, the coach jokingly responded, “I watched the NHL Network, so I’ve heard it talked about. So yes.” When pressed about it, Bylsma said, “Coaches think about a lot of things, lineup, players, schemes, so like I said, I heard people talk about it on NHL Network, so it did cross my mind.”

      So basically, Vokoun is the guy tonight and that’s all there is to it. End of story.”

  9. hockeyflow33 - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Vokun was hardly the problem last game. He was left to fend for himself on many occasions. Goaltending isn’t as easy as the broadcast teams make it seem like.

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