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For four consecutive years, Marc-Andre Fleury has imploded in the postseason.
He's been fine during regular-season play, winning games and putting up numbers behind an always potent Pittsburgh team. But come playoff time, he has struggled year after year to even get to the .900 save-percentage mark.
Last season, the Pens employed a safety net: Tomas Vokoun. The team needed him, too, dumping Fleury after an appalling start to the first round and replacing him with the Czech veteran, who backstopped Pittsburgh to the conference finals. This year, with Vokoun coming off injury and rookie backup Jeff Zatkoff not exactly inspiring confidence, Fleury needs to be exceptional right away.
If he can't, the Penguins may have no choice but to bench the longtime starter and seriously consider jettisoning him in what will be a long offseason. As my colleague Dave Lozo notes, there will be no shortage of options to replace him.