Fleury sloppy in loss to Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos scores against the Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre...

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos scores against the Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury during the first period of Game 5 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarter-final hockey game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 23, 2011. (REUTERS/David DeNoma)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:07 PM ET

PITTSBURGH -- Almost defensively, the Penguins and their supporters will tell you that they have a franchise goaltender in Marc-Andre Fleury.

It took four goals in 14 shots and the hook from coach Dan Bylsma Saturday afternoon to bring back the doubts.

Fleury was sloppy, the defence in front of him even more so and by 5:31 into the second period the jets were warming up to return to Tampa for Game 6 on Monday night.

“It’s frustrating, we could have finished off the series here today,” said Fleury, whose replacement, Brent Johnson had an even tougher afternoon surrendering four goals on 11 shots.

“They keep a lot of guys in front of the net for screens and rebounds and it seemed like everything just came back to them and into the net.”

The Penguins actually controlled the play early and ended up with a 33-25 edge in shots and goal. But some shocking defensive lapses were all the Lightning needed to get offensive stars Steven Stamkos and Simon Gagne (two goals each) into the series.

“We expect them to be great,” Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis said. “They are there top players.”


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