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***Don't be surprised if the Pittsburgh Penguins turn to Tomas Vokoun for Thursday's Game 5 against the New York Islanders. Allowing six goals on 24 shots in Tuesday's Game 4 loss, Marc-Andre Fleury is due for a (ahem) break. After performing poorly last postseason, the Penguins' No. 1 is struggling again this year -- allowing 40 goals in his last 10 playoff games altogether. Devan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review suggests the club has little choice but to call in the experienced backup. Especially now that the series is tied 2-2.
"... Fleury appears to have reverted almost instantly to the Marc-Andre Fleury we saw bumbling through a first-round loss to Philadelphia a year ago. After shutting out a timid New York Islanders team in Game 1, Fleury has allowed 14 goals in the last three games, two of which have resulted in losses ... The former No. 1 overall draft pick looks like a netminder who is more than a little surprised when he does make a stop. While his teammates insist just the opposite -- that they still believe in him -- a goalie whose confidence balloon has been popped infects his teammates with the same malady, just as if it were the Ebola virus let loose in the dressing room ..."