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Marc-Andre Fleury: Why the Penguins Should Bench Him
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02-08-2013, 10:42 AM
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I look at last nights win and I see two perfectly stoppable goals. Thats the reason Fleury doesnt and won't have great stats or performances. He gets the win, but he dove and let in an open net goal and then he lets Ovechkins rather weak wrister (looked weak live) scribble through his pads-
if he was perfectly positioned that goal does not go in
That's just Monday Morning QB'ing. No goalie, with traffic in front, is going to instantly be perfectly positioned on the type of cross-ice pass Riberio made. There's just no way to move left to right like that.
Ovechkin, from that spot, with time to unleash, is still very dangerous. Adams (who let the pass go through), Engelland (who couldn't challenge the shot) and Glass (who kind of got turned around and gave AO too much space) are much more to blame for that IMO. But it was a long PK shift, that stuff sometimes happen when you play against skill.
If you're going to fault Fleury for two goals, you also have to point to him stopping AO on the break, Fehr on a breakaway and keeping the Caps to just 2 goals late in the third when the Pens had let their foot off the gas. That could have been 5-3, 5-4 later on in the game without some stops.
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