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Tomas Vokoun has been unbelievably consistent, unlike Fleury.
Move over Marc-Andre Fleury, Tomas Vokoun is the new ace in net.
Head coach Dan Bylsma sat Fleury in favor of Vokoun after he allowed six goals in a Game 4 loss to the New York Islanders in Round 1 of the playoffs.
Vokoun has started every game since. In that span, he has a goals-against average of 1.61 and save percentage of .949—both of which are best among goalies still in the playoffs.
When Vokoun was replacing Fleury in back-to-back games, his role became unclear. Was he still the backup goaltender? Or was Bylsma just going to ride him until he dropped a game?
Even after losing in Game 3 vs. the Senators, Vokoun is still the team’s go-to goalie. Granted, Vokoun was very impressive in that loss—making 46 saves in almost 88 minutes of hockey.
It’s hard to say when Fleury will get another shot at the starting role. Vokoun has given up three goals in two of his five starts, but the Penguins still came out victorious and neither game was a very ugly outing for the veteran netminder.
If anything is for sure, it’s that Vokoun has a firm grip on the starting role and that he’s quietly becoming a Conn Smythe candidate.
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