PITTSBURGH — Maybe Penguins coach Dan Bylsma was working on his curveball for a stint with the Pirates in case he needs something to do during the summer. Asked if he was considering yanking goalie Tomas Vokoun, the dutiful backup who had given Pittsburgh much-needed relief until his shaky outing in the Pens’ Eastern finals-opening 3-0 loss to Boston, and replacing him with embattled starter Marc-Andre Fleury for Game 2 on Monday night, Bylsma essentially said no.
“We lost Game 1. But Tomas played real well in the game, was strong in the game, made big saves. So the wins and losses isn’t necessarily an indicator of what we’re going to do with the goaltending situation,” the coach said before a game the Penguins suddenly feel they must win.
Bylsma didn’t seem to be opting for the straight change, at least not yet, but he also indicated that he still sees Fleury as the man his team would likely ride at some point: “I’m confident in Marc-Andre Fleury as a goalie and confident in what he can do when he gets in there.”
That’s when, not if.