DelPen wrote:In the big picture it shouldn't matter, the forwards in the series and the next need to execute and play most of the game in the other teams end. If we are worrying about the defense and goaltender then we are loosing.
I think defense is always worth worrying about. Backchecking and being capable of playing good hockey through all 3 zones is important. If the Pens actually play well in all 3 zones, then the person in net will be relatively irrelevant.
Yes and no. I know you were being slightly overzealous by the comment about being irrelevant in order to get your point across, but I do agree for the most part. I've been a staunch unwavering supporter of Fleury for years up until this year's playoffs. My buddy still defends Fleury to no end and believe the Penguins simply play better in front of Vokoun.
He maybe right, but I think that part is irrelevant because if the Penguins are unwilling to play stronger in front of Fleury then that says something. You could argue that means they have less faith in Vokoun so they play tighter or you could argue they play better because they're simply more confident when Vokoun's in goal. Either way, all irrelevant if they're playing better.
Going back to your original thesis, I think it goes further than what you're stating. I think it shows the Penguins don't need Fleury or a $5M goalie if they can put together complete games on a somewhat regular basis. I'm finally of the thought that Fleury does need to be traded if possible and Shero should try to find a solid starting goalie with a lower cost.
Everyone talks about how shaky/sloppy Vokoun was in game 1 and I just don't get it. Yeah, he had some sloppy moments, but he also made some incredible saves that kept the Penguins in this game longer than they should have been. The Penguins need to get zen or do whatever they need to do to remain level headed and they could still take this series in five games.