10 compelling storylines from the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs

Published: Thursday, May 9 2013 2:09 p.m. MDT

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Heading into the playoffs, the Pittsburgh Penguins were the prohibitive favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference. The only outlier seemed to be the health of Sidney Crosby, but he squashed that question with two goals in the first period of Game 2 after missing 13 games with a broken jaw.

However, the Penguins' biggest issue has been the poor netminding of Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury, the No. 1 overall draft choice in 2003, has given up 12 goals in his past three games after registering a shutout in Game 1.

The goals Fleury has allowed have not only been bad — off the boards and off his pad into the net in Game 2; off the shaft of his stick along the ice in Game 4 — but they have been at the most inopportune times. He gave up a softie in Game 4 with just over a minute left, his team down one goal.

Fleury has been benched for Game 5 by head coach Dan Bylsma, and Tomas Vokoun will start in his place. Vokoun is 3-0-0 vs the Islanders this season with a .970 save percentage. It was a move that had to be made, and if the Penguins lose the series, it would be one of the most surprising upsets ever.
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