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Unmasked: Fleury has improved tactically, mentally

Thursday, 11.05.2015 / 9:00 AM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Ask Pittsburgh Penguins goaltending coach Mike Bales why Marc-Andre Fleury was one of the NHL's best goalies through the first month of this season and perhaps it's fitting his answer involves baseball, a sport where legends are made in October.

When it comes to Fleury's improvements since Bales arrived in 2013, one the biggest was getting the athletic goaltender to stop swinging for the fences when he struggled.

"He was almost like a home run hitter who struck out three times, so he wants to hit a home run to prove to his teammates that 'I can still hit a home run,'" Bales told NHL.com. "Sometimes those guys get back up there and swing even harder and it just compounds the situation."

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