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Report: Penguins goalie coach expected to resign

Jun 9, 2013, 11:12 PM EDT

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Goaltending wasn’t a particularly strong aspect of the Pittsburgh Penguins during these Stanley Cup playoffs, and that might cost someone his job.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Penguins goalie coach Gilles Meloche is expected to formally resign his position this week.

Meloche has been the goalie coach in Pittsburgh for seven seasons.

This year marked the second consecutive post-season in which Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, the team’s first-round, first overall pick from the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, melted down.

In 2012, he struggled mightily against the Philadelphia Flyers.

In 2013, he started four games against the New York Islanders in the opening round, but relinquished his No. 1 role to Tomas Vokoun after allowing 14 goals, and the two teams had battled to 2-2 in the best-of-seven series.

“Sometimes, you start thinking a little more when you really want to win,” Fleury told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Vokoun completely took over the starting duties and was in net for the Game 4 loss to the Boston Bruins, as the Penguins bowed out of the Eastern Conference final in a sweep.

On Sunday, Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma gave Fleury a sudden vote of confidence.

Fleury is our No. 1 goalie and will be moving forward,” Bylsma told reporters. “He is a guy who will come back to this team.”

  1. bobhpine - Jun 9, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Too bad Bylsma doesn’t fall on his sword the same way

  2. ndrick731 - Jun 9, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    I guess somebody has to take the fall for fleury being an overrated choke artist. Shouldn’t the assistant coach that caused Crosby, Malkin, Letang and Iginla to choke also be canned.

  3. leroymond - Jun 9, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Hopefully the new Penguins goalie coach helps the team score more than two goals in a playoff series next year.

    • frozenmona68 - Jun 10, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      How is the goalie coach going to get the rest of the team to step up? There’s 5 other guys out there that need to play.

  4. mtygringo - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Sounds like a scapegoat to me. Crosby, Malkin, Letang, and Iginla should throw some money in a hat and apologize to this guy’s family for putting him out of a job!

    • wolverineneshl - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:15 AM

      Exactly, if you only score 2 goals why is the goalie or goalie coach the scapegoat ? Penguins were in it in games 1, 3, and 4. Many of the goals not the goalie’s fault.

      • imacdane - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        Maybe they couldn’t score more than 2 goals in the series because it was so easy for them to score in practice. Thus, the goalie coach is to blame for their lack of offense.

  5. papajack1259 - Jun 10, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    What Was impressive was Voucon play had the pens put a few behind Rask ?…

    • wolverineneshl - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:07 AM

      Yes, agreed. Vocoun only let in 2 and 1 goal in games 3 and 4 while his team only scored 1 GOAL. Those goals were good goals by the Bruins but Boston didn’t exactly light up the lamp in games 3 and 4 either. Could have gone either way in those games.

      • psujay - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        Vokoun.

  6. chlstn - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Yah, that’s it blame it on the goalie coach!

  7. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    It’s spelled Vokoun not Volkoun or Vocoun it’s not hard to spell folks. After all, all of you haters despise Penguins Hockey Tall so Im sure you all could spell Vokoun easily

    • bakedbees - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      Vocoun is boring

  8. joewilliesshnoz - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Think that maybe the wrong coach is getting ousted, on this one?

  9. gerryveteran2013 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Gilles Meloche was not a great goalie when he was in the NHL. I didn’t know who the goalie coach for the Pens was, but I mentioned to my spouse that they had to be using some washout. Both Vokoun and Fleury had problems with fundamentals throughout the playoffs. Now that I know it was Meloche … It makes sense. You need someone who can teach solid mechanics to these two guys. Too often they were caught too deep in the crease, and didn’t cut down the angles. This is one reason why Boston beat them. There were many others.

  10. calithirteen - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    This sounds like the beginning of a new coaching staff in Pittsburg…..see ya later Bylsma. Maybe you’ll be in NY before you know it!

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