BOSTON - Tomas Vokoun will be the Penguins’ starting goaltender Wednesday night in Game 3.
Vokoun confirmed following Wednesday's morning skate at the TD Garden that he will play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final. Boston leads the series, 2-0, and Vokoun was yanked following a third goal allowed in Game 2.
However, former starter Marc-Andre Fleury allowed three goals later in Game 2 and looked shaky throughout the contest.
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Tuesday afternoon that he knew the identity of his starter for Game 3.
Vokoun said Bylsma informed him of the news Tuesday night after the team arrived in Boston.
“It was really tough on Marc coming in and playing after such a long time,” Vokoun said. “Obviously, it's a coach's decision. I'm trying to repay their confidence and hope the team wins.”
The pressure of Wednesday night's game will be handled, Vokoun assured.
“It's pressure no matter what,” he said. “I don't feel any added pressure. It's an important game. So is every game in this series. We know we need to be better.”
Bylsma is opting for the steady hand of Vokoun over Fleury, who hasn't started since Game 4 of the first round against the Islanders.
“I'm looking for a solid game from our goalie,” he said. “We've gotten that from Tomas virtually every game. We don't need perfection.”
Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.
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