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Winning In Style
MICHAEL FARBER
May 19, 2008
Changing the color of his pads was just one step in the remaking of Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andr� Fleury, who now plays the puck with more confidence and is keeping the Penguins on the road to the finals
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May 19, 2008

Winning In Style

Changing the color of his pads was just one step in the remaking of Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andr� Fleury, who now plays the puck with more confidence and is keeping the Penguins on the road to the finals

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After Meloche instructed Fleury to move three feet closer to the goal when the opposing team crossed the red line, the goalie also found the time to go behind the net to settle the puck or move it to a forward. "Now I have an extra second to pick my head up, look and make a play," Fleury said. "Before it was play it right away and hurry back to my net." With this element added to his recommitment to the pokecheck—"Like a boxer. Jabbing, you know?" he said after aborting an Umberger breakaway with his quick stick in Game 1—Fleury has metamorphosed from a twitchy, inconsistent goalie into a dependable netminder, Pittsburgh's white knight.

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