MA Fleury shelled again tonight, pulled after giving up 6 goals, many of them soft
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01-22-2004, 11:21 PM
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How has he been since the World Juniors Meltdown?
Look, nobody is going to look good playing goal for the Pens. Even the great ones have been pulled during their careers. I would recommend keeping him up and letting him take his licks now, if he can't face up to adversity now he won't be able to in the future either.
Of course this is a moot point since the Pens are going to send him down before they have to pay that huge bonus in his contract.
It's more of a confidence issue then a skill issue.
The problem is that going into the WJC's, Fleury was going through a rough spell with the big club. Then the whole gold medal game fiasco and he now has to come back up with the Pens and try and stop 40 shots a night. It's rough. And goaltending is such a mentally tough aspect of the game. Confidence is a huge thing for a goalie because you have to believe that you are going to stop every shot.
Fleury just isn't getting a chance to get his confidence back up and this could really ruin the poor kid. We saw what it did with Dan Blackburn and now we are seing it again with Fleury.
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