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Pens Won't Reveal Starting Goaltender

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins

Head coach Dan Bylsma wouldn't tell the media who his starting goalie would be in Game 1 Tuesday night. He opened his media conference by saying that the starting goalie, lineup and injuries are non-discussion points.

Vokoun and Fleury (Getty Images)

But no matter what his decision ends up being, both Tomas Vokoun and Marc-Andre Fleury said it doesn’t matter who’s in goal. Both guys just want to do whatever they can to help the team, and they'll do that regardless of the situation.

“It’s (the coaches’) decision,” said Vokoun, who earned back-to-back wins in Games 5 and 6 against the Islanders – including the series clincher on the road. “And to me, whatever they tell me today after who is starting, it’s fine with me. I’m here to help and help the team. We’ll see. Either way, it’s fine by me. I’m going to try and do everything I can, if it’s helping guys not playing or playing to win the game.”

Fleury, who started the first four games of the Islanders series, echoed his goalie partner’s team-first attitude.

“Whatever happens, it’s all about the team,” said Fleury, who is in his ninth season with the Penguins and led them to a Stanley Cup in 2009. “I’ve been a part of this team for a long time and I want this team to do good. This organization has been great. So if I’m in the net or on the bench, I want this team to win. That’s the bottom line.”

It doesn’t matter to the goalies who starts, and it doesn’t matter to their teammates, either – because they believe both guys are extremely capable of getting the job done.

“We have confidence in both guys, no matter who it is,” captain Sidney Crosby said. “They've both proven for a long time that they're more than capable of doing a great job. We feel very comfortable with either one as players, but it's not up to us to decided who goes into net.”

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