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Monday Daily Puck: Flower Power

John Toperzer

John Toperzer

John Toperzer writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

The last six months haven't been easy for Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. He surrendered more than his fair share of soft playoff goals and was benched in favor of backup Tomas Vokoun.

Over the summer, Fleury met with a sports psychologist, ostensibly to improve his mental toughness. Since then, The Flower has made a number of changes to his pre-game ritual. He no longer meets with the media the mornings of games. In practice, he doesn't joke around as much as he did before.

So far, the changes are working. Of course, not all of Pittsburgh's playoff failure can be heaved onto the back of its goalie. Head coach Dan Bylsma had no answer for opponent's stretch pass and his best defense was simply to keep the puck in the offensive zone as much as possible.

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