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Bylsma: Vokoun To Start Game 5

By: Casey Shea
(Photo Credit: Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

(Photo Credit: Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – After Marc-Andre Fleury allowed six goals in Game 4, head coach Dan Bylsma has decided to make a change in goal.

During a press conference on Wednesday, head coach Dan Bylsma announced that Tomas Vokoun would get the start when the team returns home for Game 5 Thursday night.

Vokoun stole the show in the regular season series with a 3-0 record, 0.90 GAA and .970 save percentage in four appearances.

For his career, Vokoun is 17-7-1 with a 1.95 GAa and a .937 save percentage with five shutouts against the Islanders.

Vokoun has only seen action in two playoff runs as a member of the Nashville Predators. There, he posted a 3-8 record with a 2.47 GAA and .922 save percentage.

After shutting the Islanders out in Game 1, Fleury has allowed 14 goals over the last three games. Two of the six he allowed in Tuesday’s 6-4 loss were especially scrutinized.

With the Penguins up 3-2 in the final moments of the second period, Fleury stopped an initial wrist shot from Travis Hamonic. However, he was unable to corral the rebound off his chest. Kyle Okposo gathered the loose puck and banked it into the net off of Fleury from below the goal line to tie the game.

Then, with just over a minute to play and the Penguins trailing 5-4, Casey Cizikas beat Matt Niskanen off the edge to the net and scored another one Fleury would love to have back.

Fleury held the post, but the puck banked off the inside of his blocker and into the net, which essentially sealed the win for the Islanders.

Fleury is 2-2 with a 3.40 GAA and a .891 save percentage in the series.

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