I don't think it'll phase him much... The goal was the fault of defensive coverage, not him. They shouldn't have even had a shot on net, much less a 2nd crack at it, so I'm disappointed more in how people played in front of Fleury at times. To me, Fleury's MVP for the Penguins, hands down. That series wouldn't have gone past 4 games if it weren't for him.
I'm obviously disappointed, but I think the Penguins were easily the best in the East, and I think they were the only team that gave the Red Wings any kind of hell in the playoffs too, and give them hell the Penguins did. They made them earn the cup, which is how it should be.
The Red Wings still were a far superior team... I think we're superior skill-wise, but they have a vastly superior system, they had superior leadership, and they just ultimately were the better team and someone the Pens couldn't overcome in the end. I wish we had games 1 and 2 back personally, as I think we handed two wins to Detroit, and just dug a hole we couldn't get back from.
6 games, and down to the wire. And I think we won the better of the 6 games (the 3 OT win), so hey that's at least something to remember from the series for Penguin fans.
I stand by my earlier statements, but ultimately Detroit was just a better team and deserved to win. It's a shame for us, but this'll only be the first time these Penguins are in the finals. I doubt it's the last. Even with who we'll inevitably lose this off-season, I think if they keep the core guys down the middle (Malkin, Crosby, Staal, Fleury), they'll be fine.
Great series, great games (especially the last two), and like I said, Detroit earned it and Pittsburgh forced them to do so... That's the way it ought to be every year.
Time I guess to go shave...