When you're a goaltender patrolling your crease, two's a crowd. The goalies in the Penguins' 3-2 double-overtime win against Tampa Bay Wednesday night had a lot of impromptu house guests. "That's how it is in the playoffs," said goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who made 29 saves for the Game 4 win that gave the Penguins a 3-1 lead in the first-round playoff series. "It's something we goalies expect -- to have big bodies in front trying to screen us, tip the puck, get rebounds, or just get in our way. I thought the refs talked to the players in front and made some calls." In fact, most of the seven penalties in the game came not far from --or in -- the crease. Midway through the second period, former Penguins winger Ryan Malone and Fleury got tangled. It seemed as if Fleury might have tripped Malone, but Malone got called for goaltender interference. "He got a penalty on me, and he wasn't happy with that," Fleury said. "But before that he gave me a stick in the stomach. It's part of the game. He plays hard. I try my best. We both try to win. I have a lot of respect for him. That's just how it is." In the final minute of the second period, Penguins winger James Neal got a goalie interference penalty after he appeared to get shoved by Tampa Bay defenseman Mattias Ohlund into Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson.
Lightning's Malone an unwelcomed guest in Fleury's 'house'
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Apr 21