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Penguins notebook: Shero gives Vokoun vote of confidence

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Friday, May 31, 2013, 7:33 p.m.

• No one in Penguins management has completely endorsed Tomas Vokoun as the starting goaltender for the remainder of the playoffs. General manager Ray Shero, though, gave Vokoun quite a vote of confidence Friday. Shero spoke candidly about Game 5 against the Islanders, when Vokoun started in place of struggling starter Marc-Andre Fleury and blanked the Islanders. “Without having a Tomas Vokoun to go to in Game 5 of the Islanders series ...,” Shero said, “I'm not sure what happens. I'm not sure we don't win. But I'm not sure we do.” Shero said that the Penguins knew they had acquired a superb goaltender in Vokoun last year. His reputation, Shero insists, is simply underrated because he has played primarily in small markets. “He's been one of the better goaltenders in the National Hockey League,” Shero said. “He was just playing in Nashville and Florida for a long time.” Vokoun appreciates the vote of support for Shero but isn't taking any time to enjoy the praise. “We talked about me coming here and helping the team,” Vokoun said. “I'm trying to do what they wanted me to do. My job was always to stay ready in case they're going to need me. It's always nice when people say nice things about you, but I'm just doing my job.”

• The Penguins practiced extensively on special teams Friday. Their top power play included Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang. Jarome Iginla played on the second unit.

• For the second consecutive day, the Penguins practiced with a full squad with no apparent signs of injuries.

— Josh Yohe

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