Penguins notebook: Fleury looks sharp in practice
A lengthy practice Monday featured goalie Marc-Andre Fleury looking sharp and focused during various drills.
That has been the norm since Fleury was replaced as starter by Tomas Vokoun for Game 5 of a first-round Stanley Cup playoff series, coach Dan Bylsma said.
“We want to stay sharp in a lot of areas, and for our goaltenders it's the same thing,” Bylsma said Monday after a nearly 70-minute session at Consol Energy Center. “We're looking for them not only to see shots and situational speed but also five-on-five play. We saw the end of practice have that kind of action.”
The Penguins will not practice Tuesday but anticipate at least one more full-length session before Game 1 of their Eastern Conference final against Boston.
Vokoun is expected to start that best-of-seven series, but Bylsma has not named him the full-time starter.
“In terms of Marc-Andre Fleury, his attention for the last 10 days of practice, (his) focus, has been very good,” Bylsma said. “He's been practicing extremely well, and I think he's ready to go in there and stop pucks when he gets that chance.”
All players participated in Monday's practice. Drills included top special-teams units battling one another. Also, special attention was paid to breakouts, faceoffs and shooting.
Bylsma said he implemented drills that had been used only twice during practices since the end of the lockout in January.
The Penguins had not been told when to expect the East final to start, but players said they believe the series will begin Thursday or Friday.
It is possible the NHL will announce a date and start time for Game 1 before releasing the rest of the series, though the league does not expect to put out information until both Western Conference semifinal series have wrapped. Los Angeles and San Jose play a Game 7 on Tuesday night.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Ex-Penguins defenseman Niskanen still miffed by coaches’ firings
- Penguins’ Sutter, Downie, Greiss being tested for mumps, out tonight
- Downie, Farnham bringing a much-needed edge to the Penguins
- Minor league report: Other prospects on Penguins’ radar
- Penguins notebook: Memorable night for Pouliot, Trocheck
- Penguins star Crosby talks about his experience with mumps
- With 3 more players possibly affected, Pens’ mumps fight escalates
- Pouliot scores in NHL debut as Penguins tame Panthers
- Penguins notebook: Zatkoff returns to team as Fleury’s backup
- Penguins defenseman Letang having best season in new system
- Fleury’s career-best 6th shutout lifts Penguins over Avalanche in overtime