Pittsburgh Penguins: Goaltending Will Continue To Be Their Downfall

By Randy Holt
Marc-Andre Fleury
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There’s no doubt that the Pittsburgh Penguins might be the most offensively talented team, on paper, in the entire league. They boast more high priced talent than any other team in the league, and can put the puck in the net with the best of ’em. But when it comes to keeping the puck out of their own net, it’s not so simple.

In fact, it’s very easy to make the argument that despite the Penguins’ loads of talent in the offensive end, and even their blue line, which has some very notable names on it as well, they’re still not a true Stanley Cup contender. And that fact is due to their lack of a championship quality goaltender.

It was another disaster of a postseason for Marc-Andre Fleury, who didn’t have the greatest of regular seasons prior to the playoffs, either. He posted a .916 save percentage and a 2.39 goals against average in the regular season, following that up with an absolutely atrocious showing in the playoffs.

Fleury struggled to maintain his grip on the Pittsburgh net, allowing 14 goals in just four starts prior to him losing the starting job to Tomas Vokoun, who started the remainder of the postseason. Fleury’s numbers for the postseason featured a 3.51 GAA and .833 save percentage. Simply putrid numbers.

Despite the fact that Vokoun was much better, with a 2.01 GAA and only one really poor showing in the playoffs, the Penguins will apparently continue to roll with the former no. 1 overall pick Fleury, despite an opportunity to deal him and the remaining two years on his contract this summer.

Which could mean bad news for the Pens moving forward. Fleury hasn’t shown much of anything in the playoffs that indicates he’s getting the Penguins to the level at which they’d hoped to be at this point. As talented as they are up front, it won’t mean a thing with Fleury manning the crease for Pittsburgh moving forward.

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