Two days after his Pittsburgh Penguins were swept by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals, allowing 12 goals in four games, head coach Dan Bylsma reiterated Sunday that Marc-Andre Fleury will be the team's goalie going forward.
The 28-year-old Fleury struggled in the playoffs for the second straight year, with a 3.52 goals against average and .883 save percentage compared to his regular-season averages of 2.39 and .916.
He was replaced by 36-year-old backup Thomas Vokoun for the Penguins' second-round series against the Senators and played in just one game against the Bruins, allowing three goals.
Vokoun posted a 2.01 goals against average and .933 save percentage during the playoffs.
"He's our No. 1 goalie. He's the No. 1 goalie for this franchise and he will be going forward," Bylsma said Sunday. "We were in a situation where Tomas Vokoun went in the net and won the third and fourth games of a series for us and continued to play in our net. Fleury is a guy who is going to come back for our team and be the No. 1 goalie. He's going to be this franchise's goalie.
"Fleury is going to go back in net and he's going to take the net. He's going to be the No. 1 goalie and he's going to be great. There's no question about that. He's going to win a lot of hockey games for this team next season. He'll have that opportunity in the playoffs again when this team gets there."
..."Tomas I don't think is in any different boat than when he came in here to our team," Bylsma said. "He's a guy who makes our goaltending tandem a very good one and he's going to play big games for us. Next year he's not going to get that opportunity because Fleury is going to be in net winning hockey games."