His legend grows larger by the minute. He is 15 feet tall now, and soon he will be 20. His teeth are sharp, and his eyes are blazing, and he seems to have more arms than Vishnu. He is Marc-Andre Fleury, and in front of the goal, he looks like a monster standing in front of a postage stamp. Soon he will be mayor of Pittsburgh, and shortly thereafter he will be governor of Pennsylvania. Any moment now he may reach up and hang his jersey between those of Mario Lemieux and Michel Briere in the rafters of the Consol Energy Center. This, then, is the task at hand for the Tampa Bay Lightning. All it has to do is figure out how to kill King Kong. All things considered, tonight's Game 2 is a must-win for the Lightning. First, however, it is a must-score game. Zero goals, the result of a game's worth of work in the opener, doesn't add up to a lot of success. One game in and it has contributed to the brightening star power of Fleury. At the end of the Penguins' 3-0 victory Wednesday night, he left the ice with most of the packed crowd chanting his name over and over again. His name seemed to be in every headline and talk-radio discussion. "Flower," they call him. Ha. If Fleury is a flower, then Audrey II of Little Shop of Horrors is a shrub. How, then, does a team break through a legend? How do you take a goaltender who plays like Godzilla and turn him into the Geico lizard? And more to the point, which Lightning player is going to open the gate? How about Marty St. Louis, the guy with blood in his mouth? For most of the Lightning's playoff seasons, it has usually been St. Louis who has provided the spark. No other player in franchise history has scored as many playoff goals (23) or had as many moments, including seven winners, as St. Louis. Now, considering that St. Louis spent part of Thursday in a dentist's chair getting a double root canal after getting whacked in the teeth by the stick of Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek, he has a little more motivation to score a goal. "It starts with one," St. Louis said Thursday. "You don't think about scoring four, five. You start with one and let everything take care of itself. You just keep pounding. You can't worry about how good (Fleury) is. Yeah, he's a good goalie, but there are a lot of good goalies in this league. Good goalies can be beat."
Lightning must undercut the growing legend of Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury
Tampa Bay Times | Apr 15