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Lemieux went to Pens locker room to lift Fleury’s spirits

Apr 23, 2014, 11:29 PM EDT

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Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has been a scapegoat/just-plain-goat enough times that Wednesday’s collapse against the Columbus Blue Jackets might not even be his lowest moment. That said, even if it wasn’t unquestionably his rock bottom moment, it was still awful for him.

In fact, things were ugly enough that the Penguins’ living legend/partial owner/guy who received statue treatment Mario Lemieux felt the need to visit the team’s locker room to console the struggling netminder.

Without proper context in what was said to the 29-year-old goalie, it feels sort of like a netminder’s answer to a GM giving a coach a “vote of confidence.” Still, it’s a nice gesture from Lemieux.

Here are the two goals in which Fleury seemed to unravel:

As you may remember, Fleury struggled enough to find himself on the bench during the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, but Tomas Vokoun isn’t (currently?) available to try to save the day. In case you’re curious, here’s a quick comparison between the regular season numbers Fleury and his 26-year-old, little-known backup Jeff Zatkoff generated in 2013-14:

Fleury: 39-18-5 with 2.37 GAA and .915 save percentage in 64 games played
Zatkoff: 12-6-2 with 2.61 GAA and .912 save percentage in 20 GP

Zatkoff isn’t very experienced, so maybe Lemieux really was going out of his way of saying “Don’t read anything on the Internet, because you’re our guy.” But we can only speculate.

Let’s assume Lemieux was looking a little more dapper, like he was during the Penguins’ championship run quite a while ago:

source: AP

Credit: AP

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Did he talk to Sid & Geno?

    • canucks30 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      I’m beginning to wonder if the Penguins wouldn’t have been better off trading Malkin in a Lindros type of trade (several quality assets) a couple of years ago and preserving cap space for other areas of need.

      Malkin heart doesn’t seem in it after already having won a Cup, Conn Smythe, and Hart Trophy.

      • chanceoffleury - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:34 AM

        Personally, I think Malkin’s looked better than Crosby so far. Neither has looked great, but Malkin’s made stronger decisions on the ice. He and Neal were creating a lot of chances during the 2nd and 3rd games, despite neither of them scoring. Through the first 2 games especially, Crosby was making a lot of really, really bad passes. He’s tightened it up a little since then, but I still think Malkin looks better at this point.

      • kaptaanamerica - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:44 AM

        Trade Sidney instead.Malkin won them the cup not Sid.

      • pleasefiredan - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        Malkin can’t even do interviews after a lose or bad game. Without crosby he would burn under the light. Trade him for Kesler and a good winger. Not worth 8.7 mil when he does half of the stuff Sid does.

      • kyzslew77 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        I agree, Malkin is Russian and therefore does not really have passion for the game. Sure, he was a point-plus per game player this season, just like he always is, and he’s looked way better than Crosby has this series, but deep down he’s just another lackadaisical Russian. Only Good Canadian Boys actually have passion for hockey.

      • wingsdjy - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        @kyzslew77

        “I agree, Malkin is Russian and therefore does not really have passion for the game.”

        Ummm, wow. Really hope that generalization is layered with sarcasm.

      • kyzslew77 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        Not at all. I am definitely not trolling or trying to raise awareness about what idiots most hockey fans are when it comes to allocating blame for a struggling team to Euro/Russian players. No sarcasm here.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:32 AM

      Could he stop in the FLYERS locker room while hes at it and see if Mason wants to grab a glove and get in the game ?

  2. broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Mario: Thats it!! I’m moving this team to Kansas City.

    • mangoman1966 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:47 AM

      Lol. After this series is over he may not have a choice

    • fbothharbaughs - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:34 AM

      1975!

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        Your team never won a game againsts us in 1975

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        Good one! wasn’t 1975 one of the years Pittsburgh declared bankruptcy?

    • hockey412 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      That wouldn’t happen unless another greasy, corrupt Philly boy took the Governer seat again…and even then it’d just be a bluff.

      • hockey412 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:37 AM

        And also maybe the Governor seat.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        Don’t blame Fast Eddy for your team’s fiscal irresponsibility, numerous chapter 11s, and lack of fan support.

      • hockey412 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        I’m pretty sure you know the real story and just like to talk, so I’m not going to go into how it was really the never lack of fan support that hurt that team…instead I’ll point out that in a much smaller market, Pittsburgh is tied for fourth in attendance percentage…philly, again so much larger, is way down at 12th. Operating income of 21M last year was way over Philly’s at 6M…I think the club is doing ok. While Rendell may not epitomize most Philadephians, he certainly does fit the stereotypical look-at-me loudmouth sweaty forehead alcohol-fueled beligerent mistempered corrupt Flyers fan that we all know and love (to hate), as do you.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        Lack of fan support translates into loss of revenue, among other things. That along with the fact that the team was signing players it could not afford to pay. You do realize that one of the reasons Mario became owner of the team is because he took deferred payments on his salary.

      • hockey412 - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:14 AM

        I do, which makes Mario a saint in Pittsburgh. Bad business deals, bad leasing decisions, horrible business sense, these also contribute to lost revenue. The Pens revenue was much higher that the Flyers last year, is this b/c of lack of fan support? Are you saying we’re better than you? If so, I agree.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        If you’re trying to rewrite history you are making a rather piss poor attempt. if you think that lack of fan support did not contribute to the Pens numerous chapter 11s then I don’t know what to tell you. Fact is when the Pens suck the city abandons their team and the owners threaten relocation. it’s all good you should be proud that you have a good ownership,management and a marketable product.

      • hockey412 - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        It’s too exhausting continually arguing with insanity. But you are, as always, incorrect. Here’s some relevant articles…I can send more if you still have arguments. The bluff about moving the city from Mario because of Philly’s own alocoholic son Rendell – it was the FANS, protesting and fighting to keep our team, that brought the fat, corrupt sack of philly $hit around to see our way…

        “Baldwin cared deeply about the Penguins and their fans and, for a time in the 1990s, was the city’s most beloved sports owner. But no one knew at the time he was keeping a winning team together by giving huge contracts to Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and so many others that he didn’t have the money to do the deals. It wasn’t until the franchise filed for bankruptcy in October, 1998, that we realized just how reckless and foolish many of his decisions were with the players, with Spectacor Management Group, with Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh and with city and county officials.”

        “Faced with an uncertain future because of Lemieux’s retirement and still feeling the pain from the killer work stoppage, Baldwin had to bring in Boston millionaire Roger Marino as a new partner in ’97. Marino still must regret the day. He later said he didn’t realize just how bad many of Baldwin’s decisions were.

        Although the contract with SMG, which managed Mellon Arena, was cited as the overriding cause of the bankruptcy, it was Baldwin’s deal with the city and county that still could force the Penguins out of town. In ’97, he accepted a $12.9 million Band-Aid for club seats and other improvements at the arena instead of jumping on the Plan B bandwagon with the Pirates and Steelers, who built terrific new facilities.”

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 25, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        Take a deep breath before you stroke out dog. As I said there was a great number of reasons for your teams previous financial nightmares. One of which was lack of fan support. You can cut and paste all the articles you want, most of which I’ve read already, but thats not going to change history.

      • hockey412 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        How’d the Flyers do this weekend?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        You need to look that up again Philly has an avg. rank of 4th in home attendance. Looks like you got your numbers reversed.

      • hockey412 - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:15 AM

        You’re looking at numbers. Not percentages. Philly’s locale is larger.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        Chicago’s was larger than both and where did they rank until they started winning cups? Numbers equal percentages.

      • hockey412 - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:20 PM

        I don’t know what that means, but I will say ‘touche’ on this one. Go Philly tonight –

  3. bigbadbruins77 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Great leader super mario.

    • maalea - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      You can’t lead from the press box.

      • maalea - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:52 PM

        Owner’s box

      • esracerx46 - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:08 AM

        If I were him I probably would have done it more privately. When the owner singles you out in front of everybody and offers you encouragement, I think may be counter-intuitive. If I’m Fleury the owner just came down and singled me out in front of everybody and while the encouragement is nice, its kind of empty when every body else in that locker and media is witnessing it. In fact, I’d say this puts more pressure on him. What might have been better is to call him up to your office after, invite him over for a beer or dinner. Relax a little away from everyone else. Now what you’ve done is created another story and sensationalized something that was un-needed.

      • 7mantel - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        esracerx46 , could not agree more ! Everyone in the locker room knows that Fleury screwed up on the tying goal and totally missed played the winning goal,by Mario going down into the locker room put a bigger spotlight on Fleury ! hence this article !

  4. canucks30 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    He should suit up. At the very least, he could provide a boost to the Penguins powerplay.

  5. stakex - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    I wonder if he’ll give him a call to lift his sprits after the Pens buy him out this summer….

    • imgoingtowichita - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:41 AM

      That was likely the conversation. Thanks for taking the money during the regular season and not reciprocating with second and third round home playoff dates. (Kidding of course, Mario is still the best ever forward to have played the game and I have a ton of respect for how he saved the franchise).

      • kaptaanamerica - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        Agreed

  6. gnashty - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Ilya?

  7. hockeyflow33 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    The team’s defense is just abysmal, they need to change their defensive strategy if they want to go deep.

    • rpiotr01 - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:35 AM

      Yup, poor defense and penalty trouble sunk them in this game. I thought Fleury played a strong game until the last 30 seconds.

    • hockey412 - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      Starting to agree, completely. Way too soft. They will give them as many shots as they want. Can’t pick up on a Dman rushing the net OR a forward that circles back in towards the net. It’s painful…just chase the puck until they screw up.

    • sixchr - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      Defensive strategy? They don’t play defense period. The Bruins exploited it and put the Penguins in the spotlight last year and absolutely NOTHING changed. The Penguins are what Team USA was, what do those teams have in common? Dan Bylsma. Oh, and it totally helps having a defenseman like Letang who doesn’t play defense and a forward like Crosby who is ALWAYS cheating around the blue line to try and get up ice with stretch passes. That team is a defensive disaster and you would think they would have addressed it after getting manhandled out of the playoffs last year.

      • hockey412 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:39 AM

        The Bruins, while playing a great series, only exploited the D for one game, maybe two. I think those games were tighter than your memory is making them. The Bruins played great team D, and Rask picked up where they fell flat.

      • wampdog29 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        I think your memory of how Crosby plays is a bit off……

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        Why are you getting angry with my point when you’re making the exact same one?

  8. 13datsyuk13 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Did he butterfly behind the crease?

  9. thesportsjudge - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Does anyone think Columbus’ odds are significantly higher to win the series now that it is a best of three?

    • stakex - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:33 AM

      Well personally I don’t think their odds are higher because its now a best of three.

      I do however think their odds are significantly higher now with how tonight’s game played out. Not only is Fleury likely going to be a nervous mess going forward, but absolutely all of the momentum is behind the Blue Jackets.

      • gsr1191 - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:14 AM

        i dont think how this game played out will have any bearing on momentum moving forward. i mean every game in this series has played out like this. its impossible to tell what will happen in game 5. every time the team that blew the lead everyone is like “how how they going to be able to respond after that” and bam they win the next one. the problem is the teams that have gotten the leads, have gotten them very early and each has gone into a shell so to speak. it makes no sense as to why, but both teams have done it

      • thesportsjudge - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        Fair enough. I am not saying their odds increased dramatically either, just as an example went from 30% to 40%. It would have been interesting to see had Horton been able to play in this series, also.

  10. chanceoffleury - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    It’s a nice gesture, but Mario can’t win them games. All of them, whether it be Fleury or Crosby or Letang, have to find it in themselves to string together 60 minutes of playoff hockey. Not 55 minutes, not 15 minutes, 60 freakin minutes. and overtime! Fleury looked too good the first 59 minutes and 40 seconds to just give up on him again. Not when your other options are a goalie who hasn’t seen a lick of NHL time since September or a rookie with absolutely zilch playoff experience. I’m obviously biased, and probably blindly looking for a silver lining to some degree, but I feel like I see a difference between this year’s Fleury and the Fleury of the previous 2 years. I feel like his overall game has been steady. If he can get out of this series I think it’ll really give him a confidence boost.

    I know he can get it together. I watched him pull it all together for 44 games not too long ago. I think it’d be a mistake to go with anybody else at this point. It’s not like the rest of the superstars on the team have been putting in some sort of remarkable effort to change the situation themselves, anyway. If they blow the series there will be plenty of different places to acceptably point a finger and demand answers from. Malkin, Crosby, and Bylsma will probably be getting the “Fleury-in-the-postseason media treatment” if they don’t pull something series changing together pretty quick. I’m still a believer though. Even if Columbus is leading the Pens 10-2 going into the final 10 minutes of game 7, I’ll be a believer. Being a fan is like being a mother. Mothers defend their children even when they’re wrong, because somebody’s gotta be on their side. As a fan you’ve gotta defend your team until the end. Even when they’re wrong, they’re right. Even when the series takes a turn for the worse, never ever say die. Saturday’s a new day. The Pens are a good tea; I gotta believe they’ll turn it around…………..at least that’s what I tell myself this time of year to help me sleep better on nights like these.

    • wampdog29 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      I’m sorry, but no…..GOOD mother’s DON’T defend their children when they are wrong…..

    • JoeAvg - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      His game has been different this year but you could see his mental fragility throughout the first three games. Last night I was feeling pretty good about his game and thought that maybe – just maybe – this game would be his turning point…and then he left the net to play the puck. And all the work goes down the drain.

      As much as I like the guy, it’s time to say enough. They just can’t afford to wait and keep hoping anymore. I’m going to assume you’re from the Pittsburgh area (I grew up near there) so you may be familiar with Steve Blass. This situation, though not as drastic, reminds me much of his. Cy Young award winner who all of a sudden can’t throw the ball across the plate. They probably won’t but may very well have to go with Zatkoff.

      Not to put it all on him. This team’s failures go beyond that. It’s certainly time for a “retool”.

      Perhaps Shero will call and old buddy from Nashville and offer him a job.

  11. penszone757 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Blah Blah Blah… Nice gesture by Mario like always.. but this team is so complacent it makes me sick. Failure to adjust to the style everyone plays in the playoffs is mind baffling. They refuse to chip the puck behind the defense and play in Columbus zone but would rather throw drop passes at the blue line and neutral zone. Marc-Andre Fleury is just a nightmare in big games anymore. The guy has worn out his welcome in Pittsburgh but who knows if they will ever make a change.

    • hockey412 - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:13 AM

      They dumped the puck the entire 2nd and 3rd periods. They just weren’t moving their feet enough to go get it. They refused to move their feet. It got to the point where all they could even do to get it out of their own end was sky it and hope for good things.

      It’s like they refuse to play a fast game – been saying that for a while now, and every game just confirms it. You notice it more when Gibbons is on the ice, he’s the only one that uses speed, but the rest don’t even move their feet. Hard to watch.

      • kyzslew77 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        This is a failure of leadership on the part of the guy wearing the C. He is a bad leader.

      • hockey412 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        Alright sir, let’s hear your reasoning a bit on that, Sid is clearly not playing great, but is at a point per game, so we’ll give him a B- on production. But what is your rationale on being a bad leader…what would you have him do different? You have my ear.

      • freefall0303 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        Yeah – Pens were lucky to maintain the lead as long as they did. Once they had the third goal there was nothing. CBJ’s beat them to every puck every time. Like you say – Pittsburgh absolutely stopped moving their feet and just let the game come to them with the exception of maybe 2 or 3 separate minutes over the last 40. A very unmotivated team that is just not built for the playoffs. They can be hit off the puck and outright intimidated. Philly Failures do it all the time.

      • hockey412 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        You had me in agreement up until the last two sentences. Much of what is frustrating to watch is actually Dan’s system. It’s soft. They get hit, not sure how easy it is to hit them off the puck….they haven’t hit as much due to Dan’s system, and Philly and one or two other teams don’t ‘initmidate’ the Pens, they sucker them into playing very undisciplined, angry, pressing hockey. That’s not intimidation, it’s anger. If you’ll notice, they’re doing much better with that this series.

      • kyzslew77 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        I think the results speak for themselves. He had a bad game, the team played bad, therefore he is a bad captain. I am pretty sure that that’s how it works, right? It’s what I hear all the time on PHT for any number of teams so it must be true for the Pens and Crosby as well.

      • hockey412 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:43 PM

        I’d argue with you, but I think you’re logic argues with you enough. Thanks!

      • kyzslew77 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:50 PM

        You mean “your” logic. But thanks for the compliment.

      • hockey412 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        Correct. Thanks!

        (normally you’d be worth a proof-read, but it’s a busy day)

      • wampdog29 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:01 PM

        Are you kidding me!?!? Did you watch the same game I did??? After going up 3-0 in the first 5 minutes of the game, they started trying to carry the puck in and making fancy passes back and forth again. Especially Geno and Neal. Those 2 cannot play Bylsma’s system. They just don’t have it in them to dump, chase, and slam bodies like they need to for 60 minutes.

      • hockey412 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        Malkin has never dumped the puck in – and he’s damn good at carrying it in. You are right, the fancy passes are garbage – and Sid is again guilty of doing it, and now leads the league cleanly in most giveaways. But the rest of the team was trying to dump it in, so far as I could see. Actually it was twice as bad, because in order to get it out of their zone, they had to dump it ‘out’ too. It’s so hard to play with your shoelaces tied together.

  12. lj312chicago - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Mario’s the man. He used to smoke cigarettes during intermission then go score goals. Imagine someone goin outside for a cigarette during intermission now a days…..no chance in hell

    • stakex - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:46 AM

      He was far from the only one that did it. In fact a lot of star players from the 1970-90’s were known to be smokers, and it wasn’t uncommon for guys to light up during the intermission.

      Believe it or not, nowadays the CBA actually bans players from using tobacco products in arenas, at team functions, or around fans. Its all about imagine. Even still, you would be surprised how many NHL players either smoke or (more often) use chewing tobacco.

  13. amehta256 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    I bet if #66 laced em up today he could score a goal against the jackets.

  14. rushledger - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:03 AM

    Happy Mario did this, the players need his words of wisdom. They can win this series but they have to fix themselves.

  15. footballfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:22 AM

    I can just imagine him lifting his spirits by saying “Sorry the crap team that’s in front of you allowed 46 shots on goal”. Fleury’s save percentage for the game was .913, right about where it has been all season. There is no way any team can give up that many shots while only generating 25 and expect to win in the playoffs. Stop putting blame on goalie and put it right where it needs to be, on the 5 guys sitting on their butts in front of him.

    • wampdog29 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      Sorry, but I blame him and everyone around him. He played very well, yes, but then he made a bad decision which was at a point when clutch players show their face. Instead, he’s an ANTI-clutch player. And then, to top it all off, with his issues of not being able to quickly get over things, he allowed that mistake to affect his judgment to allow the game-winning goal. He played well, but he hasn’t stood on his head to win a game for the Pens. Sorry, but that’s the caliber of goalie he’s SUPPOSED to be.

  16. cadlow - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    You get what you build. If you have no defense your goalie looks like a wilted flower. Fire the GM build a team based on defense as opposed to primadonas. Just a suggestion super mario.

    but hey what do I know, I’m a Bruins fan.

    • mackattack29 - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:52 AM

      Yes I’m sure you’d love to see another team who slashes private parts, checks from behind, head hunts, and knee on knee hits to win games. And their management just pays off the nhl to look the other way lol.

      • dropthepuckeh - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:13 AM

        I assume you are speaking of the Penguins when you refer to all of those things? I’m pretty sure all of those moves, including diving which was finally called against them, were used last night in that epic choke. I predicted MAF would melt down in game 3 so I was wrong about the timing….

      • freefall0303 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        Their (Bruins) management pays off the NHL?? Could you give us a little documentation or evidence… or do you just have some silly and mindless little need to rant your various insecurities?

  17. toiletclown - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    What a gutless performance by the Pens. They deserve to get knocked out.

    • theref55 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      Wow, Toiletclown showed up today after a loss!! Usually doesnt after a Penguns loss or Flyers win because – according to him on Tuesday – “he doesnt spend 24/7 trolling on these blogs”. Do give him credit though. Fleury is in his playoff form now – gotta give it to him that 60+ foot shot was so tricky to handle and save at such a clutch time.
      And Mario had to come in and give him a hug… Awww what a nice guy – what a wonderfull owner – did he cuddle with Marc or just an arm around the shoulder????
      Face it Toiletclown – Penguins are done – we are going to face Columbus and show you how to beat them – Go Flyers!
      Thanks for showing up – didnt expect that from you – FLUSH THE PENGUINS!

      • toiletclown - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:15 AM

        Now your talking silly with this Flyers are beating the Rangers talk. I laugh in your face! WHAMMMMY

      • theref55 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        Toiletclown – how are things out there in the nations armpit – the failed abortion of a city we on the good side of PA call Pittsburgh? Everyone jump off the bridge this morning? Your laughing at me?? Actually I kinda feel sorry for your ass.

        Its over – “the Flower – great goalie nickname BTW” is done – damaged goods – like having HEP C – its forever. Not going to win with this fraud. Face facts dude – its over.

        Next week its back to Pirates baseball (a fine traditon of losing seasons – 20 straight until last year and a horrible Steeler team led by a two time accused sexual abuser. Yeah – I do feel sorry for you. Well, dont mean to take up time since you either at the methadone clinic or are at the welfare office trying to get money to survive the weekend…

    • laxman1944 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      FLUSH

  18. 2qswing - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Columbus was missing two of their top four D men, Tyutin and Murray

    • hockey412 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      And Dubinsky is STILL playing out of his mind.

  19. bgrillz - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Remember those upstart Isles last season? This series is almost a carbon copy of it except this year, Fleury has played well, and they are getting secondary scoring. Pens will still take the next two, and face the rags next round, which should be a great series.

  20. whammy71 - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Mario should start tasing his players…maybe that will wae thm up.

    • whammy71 - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      SB: wake them up.

  21. 7mantel - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Pen’s are resting on their laurels !

  22. iwt5007 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Seems like every year Pen fans deem their team to be the most superior based off the strength of Crosby and Malkin and a strong regular season; then April comes and the flower has to put up or shut up….if I were a Pens fan, I’d be hoping Mario would be down in that locker room hyping up Vokuon for the rest of the series

  23. reasonableperson1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Mario and the upper management also visited the locker room after Game 3. Not a big deal either way.

  24. kyzslew77 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Crosby -2. He is a bad captain who is selfish and only cares about his own stats. He should be stripped of the C.

    • iwt5007 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      As a Flyers fan, usually I feel inclined to agree with anything negative towards Crosby but to say he only cares about his stats is just DUMB, come on man come up with something better…you kyzslew should be stripped of your C, see just as/if not less DUMB of a comment that you just made

      • kyzslew77 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:13 AM

        Same goes for Giroux if the Flyers lose the series to the Rangers. Selfish. Not deserving of the C. This is a consistent problem with Canadian players, apparently.

    • nj666 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      I take it your a butt hurt ovi fan or something…

      • kyzslew77 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        Not at all, I’m a fan of a western conference (non-playoff) team. I’m also someone who knows a little something about hockey, and what selfishness looks like. Who are you? Obviously a bad captain apologist, for one thing.

    • imgoingtowichita - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      Pretty selfish of him the way he played defense-first in Sochi to lead (captain) a team of 12 or so other captains. Ya, only cares about stats. Silly me.

      • kyzslew77 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        He was obviously focusing on his defensive stats, that’s why he didn’t score. Not a true leader, not a good captain. Next.

  25. joey4id - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    This is a sign of desperation in the Pens organization. Never should the owner of a franchise go down to the dressing room to “lift the spirits”. It’s not his place to be in the room after a loss. The locker room is the sanctuary of the players, coaching staff, and trainers. Owners and GMs should stay in the ivory tower. If, as the owner you feel your presence is needed, then do it the day after the game. It’s the coaches responsibility to take care of business after the game.

    joey4id – Apr 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM
    Everyone is a little nervous in the Pitt organization. There is a lot of pressure on Bylsma. He’s got to have a good run otherwise he might be gone. Crosby and Malkin are under the microscope because they have to be better than they were vs the Bs last year. Fleury is under a ton of pressure to be better in this post season than he was last year. Finally, Jacques Martin and his whole defensive system has to be better.

  26. jimthebear - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Its because Crosby is a HORRIBLE captain. A good captain would have been out there to take the blame, get the eyes on himself and off the goal tender so that the goalie can reflect and get his head on straight. No, I’m not just a Crosby hater. Too many people, especially in Pitt think that just because he has skill, which he clearly does, that translates into some kind of leadership.. HARDLY the truth.. Gretzky was not a good coach, he was a marginal captain and Messier was a MUCH better captain in Edmonton AND in NY. Get over the Sid the Great, he should lose his C. The best player is not always the captain.
    Crosby doesn’t command the respect to control the conversation away from Flury, so Super-Mario had to slap his ‘C’ on again for the night and do it.

  27. heartofsteel36 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Another year, another collapse for MAF. This talent is really being wasted because of Disco Dan and Flower. We should have 2-3 more Cups with the amount of talent we have on the ice. Why can’t these guys do anything in the playoffs? Are they that confident or just underachievers? Another year, another screwup in the playoffs for our goalie who chokes under pressure and mentally crumbles. The best line I have heard was “Pittsburgh is the only place where a Flower blossoms in the Fall/Winter and dies in the Spring.” Enough Said…

  28. bobcat82 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    I think Flower is going to be JUST FINE. Call me crazy but I think this year HE BOUNCES BACK. It should be noted that I AM A RANGERS FAN.

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