Jack Riley, the Penguins' original general manager in 1967, is an octogenarian, but nothing about the game has passed him by. Watching from his perch in the press box, as he has for decades, he offered this poignant observation about the Penguins' chances in these Stanley Cup playoffs: "I've always said: If you don't get the goalkeeping, you're out of business. If you do get it, you're in business. I think we're in business." Marc-Andre Fleury is only 25, and they stopped referring to his position as "goalkeeping" around the time Jacques Plante donned his first mask. But be sure that Fleury grasps his importance to the team in this postseason, given the scope of his 32 saves in the 3-0 throttling of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the teams' playoff opener Wednesday at Consol Energy Center. And be equally sure Fleury means business. "Whatever it takes," he said afterward with sweat still streaming over the trademark casual smile. "I'm just here to stop pucks." Choosing his best stop on this night is quite the chore, but an argument could be made that it came at 8:52 of the first period, during which he had to be at his sharpest to match Tampa Bay's 14-shot attack. Lightning Bay defenseman Eric Brewer slapped a 55-foot shot from the left point, and it redirected off the leg of winger Ryan Malone and into Fleury's leg pads. Center Dominic Moore charged in search of the rebound and, when he could not see the puck, he raised his arms. But the only red light to flash was the complexion of Moore's face. "I thought it had a pretty good chance of going in," Moore explained. "Credit to him." But Fleury could not find the puck any more than Moore did. He flopped to his belly, flailed a bit, lost his stick behind the goal line, and the puck popped up in the air in front of his crease.
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Apr 14