Pens won't give up on Fleury

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- The Penguins aren't about goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

While Pittsburgh's top goaltender was pulled in the second period after giving up five goals on 21 shots in Saturday's 5-0 loss to the Red Wings in Game 5, the Penguins believe that Fleury will bounce back in Game 6 tomorrow night at Mellon Arena.

"I think he's going to be just fine. This is a guy that comes in, literally, fresh every day," said Pittsburgh winger Bill Guerin. "Every day is a new day. He has always got a smile on his face. He's got a great type of personality to let things just roll of his shoulders and focus and have fun with it."

The Penguins need Fleury back on his game quickly.

"It wasn't his fault. It was a situation of pucks getting by him and hitting sticks and two power-play goals. It was a situation of taking him out with a chance to give him a break and give our team a bit of wakeup call to see if we could get focused on playing better," coach Dan Byslma said.

Feeling good

Detroit C Pavel Datsyuk, who returned to the lineup in Game 5 after missing seven games with a foot injury, was at the rink yesterday and said he felt fine. "I'm feeling good and more confident," said Datsyuk. "I'm just going to get ready for what's going to be a very important game."

Off the glass

Wings coach Mike Babcock wore a McGill University tie behind the bench Saturday. It now has a lifetime record of 5-1. It was a brave move by Babcock, who wore the tie for Game 5 of last year's final when the Wings lost 4-3 to the Pens in triple OT ... The Wings have the odds on their side. In the 19 previous Cup finals tied 2-2, the team that has won Game 5 has gone on to win the Cup 14 times. The only five teams that have overcome a Game 5 loss are: Detroit (1950), Toronto ('64), Montreal ('71), Colorado (2001) and Tampa ('04).


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