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Marc-Andre Fleury tied a franchise record for postseason shutouts in Pittsburgh's playoff-opening victory over the New York Islanders. That celebration didn't linger very long, as the 2009 Stanley Cup champion was sequestered to the sidelines before the Penguins collected four wins.
He struggled mightily in a pair of losses against upstart New York and clearly lost confidence when corralling the puck. Considering Fleury's disastrous performance against Philadelphia during the 2012 playoffs, no one should be shocked that he is no longer trusted as the man between the pipes for Pittsburgh.
The Eastern Conference's top seed switched over to veteran journeyman Tomas Vokoun, who started just 17 games during the regular season. The 36-year-old is 6-1 since taking over, doubling his career playoff win total in the process.
Vokoun, previously 3-8 in the postseason, is saving 94 percent of shots faced and picked up a shutout in his first start against the Islanders. There were some shaky moments against Ottawa, but he largely remained unscathed during a five-game dismantling of the Senators.
Suddenly, Vokoun is thrust into the spotlight of a highly anticipated rivalry matchup in the Eastern Conference finals. He must contend with a potent Bruins squad that features far more experience than Ottawa.
With Fleury waiting in the wings for a chance to reclaim his job, keep a close eye on how Vokoun handles a new-found dose of pressure.