On two misplays, all the good will Marc-Andre Fleury had earned in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ division semifinal against the Columbus Blue Jackets was squandered. All the confidence evaporated. All the hope that he wouldn’t be a liability for the third straight postseason thrown into doubt.
Yes, he made 42 saves in the game, as the Blue Jackets desperately peppered him in a fight for their playoff lives on Wednesday night. But it’s the two he didn’t make with 24 seconds left in regulation and 2:49 into overtime that cost the Penguins the game, 4-3, and made this a best-of-three series.
His puck-handling gaffe behind the net with the Columbus net empty was inexcusable:
Why leave the net? Why attempt to make a play? And if there was a play to be made, why not ensure the puck is stopped for your defensemen to grind it out? Instead, he gift wrapped the puck for the best passer on the Jackets, Ryan Johansen, who found Brandon Dubinsky, who found the back of the net through two stunnedRead More »from Marc-Andre Fleury makes two gaffes, Blue Jackets rally to win Game 4