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Analysis: Fleury's positional play not a worry

Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 12:00 PM / Penguins vs Blue Jackets - 2014 SCP First Round

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

For beleaguered Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, the word "meltdown" has become virtually synonymous with the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The phrase was already making the rounds to describe Fleury's postseason play before the top-seeded Penguins blew a 3-0 lead in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday. By the time that game ended, with Fleury mishandling a puck behind his own net to gift Columbus the tying goal in the final minute of the third period and whiffing on Nick Foligno's long, dipping shot 2:49 into overtime, the discussions about Fleury's ghosts of playoffs past only intensified.

Fleury has posted a sub-.900 save percentage in four straight postseasons since hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2009 and his last two playoff runs ended with spectacular flameouts, including serving as the backup to Tomas Vokoun last spring after Fleury struggled mightily in the first round against the New York Islanders.

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Maroon finds an NHL home in Anaheim

Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 10:51 AM / Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM – Perhaps the funniest moment from the television program "NHL Revealed," which documented the lead-up to the 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium, was Drew Doughty's assessment of Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Maroon.

During a game between the Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings, Maroon induced a tripping penalty on Doughty, the two-time Olympic gold medalist defenseman, which prompted the noted trash-talker.

"Buddy, you [stink] at hockey!" Doughty yelled at Maroon. "And you've been in the minors for how long? How long? And you're still on the fourth line? You're still on the fourth line."

Maroon grinned. At least Doughty knew his resume: five full seasons in the American Hockey League, including separate stints with organizations that changed cities. He's played in Texarkana, St. Louis, London, Philadelphia, Adirondack, Syracuse and Norfolk. It takes more than chirping to get Maroon rattled.

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