Penguins Coach Bylsma Will Buck Tradition with Goaltender Fleury
Yohe, Josh, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
VOORHEES, N.J. -- Penguins coach Dan Bylsma doesn`t usually converse with Marc-Andre Fleury before games. Goalies are a different breed, and leaving them alone with their thoughts is a coaching tradition that Bylsma generally follows.
Not this time. Not when times are this desperate, and not when Fleury`s thoughts are consumed by negativity.
"I will be speaking with him," Bylsma said Monday, an off-day for the Penguins during Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. "As we go forward here, I think it`s imperative that if we are going to scratch back in the series and get in this thing, it`s going to be on the strength of Marc-Andre Fleury in our net."
Bylsma was quick to point out that the Penguins` goal-prevention issues against the Philadelphia Flyers are not all traceable to Fleury.
"I also know that, the situation he`s in, is there`s 18 guys in front of him that haven`t been there, to a man, for him in some difficult situations," Bylsma said.
But he also acknowledged that "The Flower" has wilted badly this spring.
"So that conversation will happen," Bylsma said. "How we regroup and how we come back and play ... (it`s) not just Marc-Andre Fleury, but certainly we need the strength of him going forward in the next four games."
For the second consecutive day, Bylsma referenced the Penguins having "four more games" in this series. Only three teams in NHL history -- the 1942 Maple Leafs, `75 Islanders and 2010 Flyers -- have come back from a three-game deficit to win a series. …