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Penguins have faith in goaltender Fleury

Wednesday, 09.11.2013 / 2:19 PM

By Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent / Training Camp 2013 blog

PITTSBURGH -- Marc-Andre Fleury is coming off another disappointing postseason performance, but his teammates' confidence in their starting goaltender has not been shaken.

After an impressive regular season, Fleury struggled in the postseason, a theme that has become too familiar for the 28-year-old since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009. Fleury posted a 2.39 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in 33 regular-season games in 2012-13, but then had a 3.52 GAA and .883 save percentage in five Stanley Cup Playoff games, leading to Tomas Vokoun moving into the starting role during Pittsburgh's run to the Eastern Conference Final.

Vokoun was steady, posting a 2.01 GAA and .933 save percentage in 11 postseason games, but Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Pittsburgh's goalie rotation will not change from last season.

"Going into last season we knew we added a very good goaltender in Tomas Vokoun," coach Dan Bylsma said. "We are going to count on Tomas to go in and play games for us this season and be part of what we think is the best tandem in the League. Marc-Andre, like last year, is going to get the majority of the load.

"Marc-Andre Fleury is going to play the majority, but still, Tomas is going to be counted on to play big games against good team in this schedule for us."

Fleury worked to help his mentality in net, including seeing a sports psychologist, and his teammates are confident he will play well behind them once the season begins.

"I don't think anybody's worried in here," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. "I think he's had a lot of scrutiny and I think, as a teammate, we believe in him and we know he believes in himself. So we can't control what's said or how things are analyzed, but we believe in him and we don't have any problems there."

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round