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Topic - Marc-Andre Fleury
The Colorado Avalanche own the top pick in the NHL draft and a whole lot of options.
Dan Bylsma couldn't avoid speculation about his status as the Penguins coach in the days following Pittsburgh's four-game pratfall against Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals, even in his own house.
Tuukka Rask kept Sidney Crosby and the rest of the NHL's top offense in check once again, stopping 26 shots.
Vokoun is eight wins away as Pittsburgh moves into the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Bruins. He's not riding the pine as Marc-Andre Fleury does the job; the 36-year-old is between the pipes living out the chance he never got with the Capitals.
The Penguins should feel confident — and a bit fortunate — to escape the relentless Islanders. New York dominated for long stretches in the series, using its speed to fluster Pittsburgh's talented but sometimes plodding roster of veterans.
Budding New York Islanders star John Tavares anticipated the open space he found so easily during the regular season to be whittled away by the Pittsburgh Penguins in their opening-round playoff series.
When Matt Cooke mouthed off at the officials after being called for boarding Alex Ovechkin, Washington had its break: a four-minute power play. Four minutes to untie the score. Four minutes to gain ground in the playoff race. Four minutes to end Pittsburgh's winning streak.
Tomas Vokoun's face lit up at the mention of Marc-Andre Fleury's name. Fleury is entrenched as the Pittsburgh Penguins' starting goaltender, but Vokoun went there as his backup and in the hopes of winning a Stanley Cup.
Vokoun was handed the No. 1 goaltender job with the Washington Capitals last season, but because of injuries, the coaching change and more, the season didn't go as planned.
The Washington Capitals dealt unrestricted free agent goaltender Tomas Vokoun's rights to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday for a seventh-round pick in the draft later this month, and Vokoun soon after signed a two-year contract worth $4 million.
"He's been around for a very long time, and he had a lot of success," said Fleury, who backstopped Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup in 2009.
"He's our leader," Fleury said.