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Video: Fleury defends decision to leave net before tying goal

Apr 25, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

As you can see, Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was a popular man today.

While it didn’t sound like he fully agreed with his coach’s assessment of the late tying goal he allowed versus the Blue Jackets in Game 4, it also didn’t sound like he wanted to start a war of words, practically pleading with reporters to move on from the subject. (“No more. Please.”)

In case you missed it yesterday, Dan Bylsma said, “Marc knows he should have stayed in the net.”

Here’s the goal again:

Game 5 of the Pittsburgh-Columbus series, tied 2-2, goes Saturday evening (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN) inside Consol Energy Center.


  1. runhigh24 - Apr 25, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    In Fleury’s defense, on the play, Scuderi gets completely turnstiled by the 1st forechecker, stempniak lets the 2nd one blow right by him and neither Letang nor Crosby pick up Dubinsky in the slot. Hardly the best defensive effort by the Pens all around there.

    • r8rbhawk - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      Agreed. Let’s say Fleury stays in the net, the Blue Jackets still get to the puck before Pens and there was still no one covering Dubinsky in the slot so Dubinsky still would have had a great scoring chance and may have still buried the shot anyway. Just a poor effort defensively by all Pens on that play.

    • chanceoffleury - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      Come to think of it, you could really take any given chunk of that game and describe it as “Hardly the best defensive effort by the Pens” and probably 9 out of 10 times it would be a correct assessment.

  2. pensman29 - Apr 25, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    One a Dump in like that he should go get it. Don’t let them set up in the zone, no matter how much time is left because one shot can tie it as we’ve always seen. Goalies r suppose to leave the net in the situation they r the 3rd defenseman. Good idea bad execution by fleury

  3. dropthepuckeh - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Cue all the Penguin defenders with the “nothing to see here”…

  4. joey4id - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    I don’t think the issue is so much about playing the puck, but more so about the timing of it. You flub one of these during the regular season it’s no big deal. Heck! Even in the playoffs it’s not a big deal if your team is leading by a couple of goals, or even by 1 goal in the second period. But! The risk/reward factor is not worth it when you’re up by a goal in the dying minutes of a playoff game. The fact that he insists he did the right thing should be of concern. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if he wouldn’t do the same thing under the same set of circumstances. Go Pens!

    Side note: of all the games/series I’ve watched this is by far the least entertaining. We’re still not seeing the Pens running on all cylinders.

    • mebailey700 - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      Maybe the pens just aren’t that good

      • mangoman1966 - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:21 PM

        These guys haven’t been playing on all cylinders for a month.

    • mangoman1966 - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      These guys haven’t been playing on all cylinders for a month.

  5. watchfullhose - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    As a Jackets fan, I defend his decision to play that puck too.

    • mangoman1966 - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      O believe that the puck was from a defective batch of rubber

  6. navyeoddavee9 - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    It came down to execution, if he leaves the net, controls the puck, and the Pens win, non issue, but he didn’t execute. Plus the OT goal, was really SOFT. MAF’s recent playoff performances have been below par, he needs to pick it up, as do the rest of the team or the Pens are going home early, even if they do get past the Jackets.

  7. snipedanglecelly13 - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    How did that work out for Howard when he left the net to play the puck?

  8. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Still should’ve never played the puck. It’s less than a minute to go and with their goalie pulled common sense should say “Stay in the net, they have an extra guy!”

  9. dubblelznhell - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Why is Fleury so stupid? Do they not go through situational hockey drills in the Pens’ practices?

  10. nightfireop - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    you have to admit though, that deer-like leap fleury did to try and make that save looked absolutely beautiful!

  11. mrmike2012 - Apr 26, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    I m a Pens fan and Fleury thinks his leaving the net was a good move ITS NOT

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