The Penguins haven't been a responsible defensive team for much of the season, but Marc-Andre Fleury bailed out his teammates with some spectacular goaltending. The shaky defense has continued in the first two games of the first-round playoff series against the Flyers, but Fleury hasn't been able to make those timely saves. As a result, the Flyers are taking a 2-0 lead and a stranglehold on the series back to Philadelphia for Games 3 and 4. The inability to protect multiple goals leads once again came back to haunt the Penguins Friday night. They held 2-0, 3-1, 4-3 and 5-4 leads before losing 8-5. "It's execution, realizing what we're doing wrong," defenseman Brooks Orpik said. "We have to execute better. They're taking advantage of every mistake we're making. We're hanging our goalie out to dry, that's for sure." It was a shooting gallery on Fleury, who faced 31 shots, perhaps half of them quality scoring chances. There were bad giveaways, bad puck management and bad decision-making. Defenseman Ben Lovejoy accepted the blame for the loss. It was Lovejoy's giveaway early in the third period that allowed the Flyers to tie the score 17 seconds after Tyler Kennedy scored to give the Penguins the momentum.
Shoddy defensive play puts Fleury, Penguins in a bad spot
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Apr 14