Penguins notebook: Bylsma not saying who starts in goal
June 5, 2013 8:15 AM
The Penguins make a change at goaltender as Marc-Andre Fleury enters and Tomas Vokoun leaves the ice in Game 2 in Consol Energy Center.
By Shelly Anderson Dave Molinari and Jenn Menendez Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Yes, Dan Bylsma said Tuesday, he knew which goaltender he planned to start tonight in Boston in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final.
The Penguins coach simply had no interest in sharing his decision.
Tomas Vokoun supplanted Marc-Andre Fleury for Game 5 of the first round of the playoffs and won two games against the New York Islanders. He played every game of the five-game series win against Ottawa.
He also started Games 1 and 2 against the Bruins, both losses at home, and was replaced Monday night by Fleury late in the first period of the 6-1 loss. Each goalie allowed three goals.
"I don't think ... we're really faulting Tomas for those [first three] goals or pulling him because of his performance as [much as] giving our team a jolt and giving Marc-Andre Fleury an opportunity to go back into that game," Bylsma said. "I very much still feel like we ... had the mindset of coming back and winning that hockey game."
Bylsma also said that Fleury's Game 2 appearance -- Fleury admitted he was "rusty" -- didn't weigh much into the decision about who will start tonight.
"We look at his entire body of work, not one instance or one shot [Monday] night that would sway what goes into how he performed or how he's going to perform in his next game," Bylsma said. "He's certainly won a lot of hockey games, had a lot of success in that net for us. He didn't have that [Monday] night, but that's not going to play into the decision."
Sutter dodges praise
Third-line center Brandon Sutter was one of the Penguins' best players in Game 2. Not that the bar for earning that distinction was high.
Only four Penguins, Sutter being one, managed to avoid finishing the night with a negative plus-minus rating, and he scored their only goal.
Not that any individual numbers provided much consolation a day later.
"I don't think, by any means, that I was different from anybody else," Sutter said. "I think it's safe to not say that anyone in particular played really well.
"Obviously, it's nice when my line can get on the score sheet, but, when you give up six goals, that doesn't matter."
A shot at Crosby
A JetBlue pilot bound for Boston busted center Sidney Crosby's chops Tuesday morning.
The flight, which was loaded with Boston media members, had yet to depart when a baby's wails prompted the pilot to get on the intercom and ask: "Is that Sidney Crosby in back of our plane?"
Multiple outlets, including the Boston Globe and ESPNBoston, tweeted about the crack.
Different set of emotions
The last time the Penguins played in Boston, the city still was reeling from the Boston Marathon bombings. The game was delayed a day because of a manhunt for a suspect.
Before that game, a 3-2 Penguins win April 20, players and coaches joined in the "Boston Strong" sentiment and wore T-shirts supporting that. There was an emotional pregame tribute and national anthem.
Game 3 tonight also is expected to have a lot of emotion, but in a different context.
"I think it is different, kind of different circumstances, different emotions into the game," Bylsma said. "They're in a different spot, and we're in a different spot. You know, we know the situation that we're in, where we're at in the series and what we have to do going into Boston."
A fresh perspective
Wilkes-Barre Scranton goalie Jeff Zatkoff arrived at Consol Energy Center at 7 p.m. Monday, in time for the start of Game 2 after being recalled from Wilkes-Barre-Scranton of the American Hockey League.
"It's exciting for me. I just got in ... and was able to catch the game," Zatkoff said. "This is where you want to be. This is where everyone works to get to. It's nice for me to be able to be around the guys and soak in the experience."
Zatkoff said he has picked up a few things already by the response of the team at practice Tuesday.
Zatkoff joined the practice near its end.
He was the MVP for the Penguins' AHL affiliate this season, going 26-20, with a league-best 1.93 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage.
"The beauty of the playoffs is that it's a [seven]-game series. You've got four games to win," he said. "I think guys know it wasn't their best night. It's over with, and you've got to park it. I think everyone's ready to go."
Four Penguins -- defensemen Paul Martin and Brooks Orpik, and wingers Pascal Dupuis and James Neal -- did not practice. No explanation was offered. ... The Bruins did not practice. ... "True Blood" star Joe Manganiello (@joemanganiello) will take over the @NHL Twitter account from 2-3 p.m. p.m. today. Manganiello is a Pittsburgh native and longtime Penguins fan.