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Bruins, Penguins think it’s too early to talk Pittsburgh goalie change

06.03.13 at 1:16 pm ET

PITTSBURGH — Most lineup or goalie controversies are usually media-generated. In the case of recent talk that the Penguins should consider a goalie change, the media looks dumb.

Tomas Vokoun said after the Penguins‘ morning skate Monday that Dan Bylsma had told him he’ll be between the pipes in Game 2, a point that really shouldn’t have needed clarification.

The Penguins were shut out in Game 1 and they lost by three goals, all of which is very unusual. Yet Vokoun has nothing to do with Tuukka Rask‘s shutout, while he was responsible for, at worst, one of the Bruins’ three goals. He probably still should have stopped the David Krejci slapshot that went off Paul Martin‘s skate, but that was redirected. The other two goals came because a defenseman didn’t take Krejci out of the play in front as a rebound was coming down and because all five Penguins players were on the same side of the ice, leaving Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton alone in front.

So really, Vokoun wasn’t even close to the reason the Penguins lost Game 1. Is he a great goalie? He’s a very good goalie, but not great. More importantly, he isn’t an issue that needs to be addressed yet. He’s certainly more stable than Marc-Andre Fleury‘s been, so any talk that a change in Pittsburgh’s net needs to be made is premature.

“It’s not just a W or an L that dictates how a guy played in the game or what you may go with,” Bylsma said Monday morning when asked about managing goaltending.

Bylsma was then asked if he’s thought about changing his starter, prompting a tongue-in-cheek response from the Penguins coach.

“I’ve watched the NHL Network and I hear it talked about, so yes,” he said.

“Coaches think about a lot of things — lineups, players, schemes,” he added. “Like I said, I heard people talk about it on the NHL Network, so it did cross my mind.”

The Bruins certainly don’t think they “got” to Vokoun. All of the goals came from the same line (Krejci’s, though Krejci wasn’t on the ice for Horton’s; Gregory Campbell was). From Boston’s point of view, the Penguins won’t be making a goalie change and have no reason to.

“I thought he played well,” Chris Kelly said. “He’s a good goalie. I think a lot of the controversy comes from [the media]. I don’t think there is a goalie controversy. I think he played well and we’ll see him tonight.”

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