New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Tip-off: Thursday, May 9, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
According to Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma he still strongly believes in Marc-Andre Fleury, and the problems the team faces go beyond the 28 year-old.
However, Bylsma still made a chance in lineup in hopes of helping the Penguins in the first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders.
Czechoslovakia native goaltender Tomas Vokoun will get the start in net for Pittsburgh in Game 5, a change brought upon three straight shaky performances by Fleury and Vokoun’s eye-popping numbers versus New York this NHL season.
Vokoun’s next start might be the biggest of his career. The eighth-seeded New York team tied the series at 2-all with a wild, momentum-swinging 6-4 win on Tuesday night, one that seemed to make Fleury even more uncomfortable. The Islanders scored three times in the game’s final 16 minutes, including a pair of soft goals that found Fleury woefully out of position.
The 28 year-old Fleury expressed his frustration afterward. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop him from being yanked in the playoffs for the first time in his career. The last time someone other than Fleury started a postseason game for Pittsburgh was twelve years ago.
YouWager experts consider that the top-seeded Penguins aren’t overmatched. However, as of right now the team appears a little overwhelmed.
The Islanders looked to be little more than a speedbump for the Penguins after the team rolled to a 5-0 victory in Game 1.
However New York has recovered and won two of the last three while pumping 16 goals by Fleury.
The Islanders’ dominant performance in third period of Game 4 allowed the team to escape what would have been a 3-1 hole. It also gave New York confidence another rocket-fueled boost.
Two more games like Tuesday will have New York into the second round for the first time in 20 years. The Islanders’ last playoff series victory came against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh in 1993. As online sports betting fans might recall, that series went seven games. History could repeat itself once again.