Penguins coach Dan Bylsma's moves worked in Game 5 but will they again?

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will likely go with the same lineup in Game 6 against the Islanders as he...

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will likely go with the same lineup in Game 6 against the Islanders as he did in Game 5. (JASON COHN/Reuters)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:39 PM ET

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Faced with the first of what could potentially be a trio of critical games for his Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday, not to mention his own future behind their bench, coach Dan Bylsma pushed all the right buttons for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal against the plucky New York Islanders.

Now the question is, will the Penguins stick with those changes for Game 6 Saturday night, a game in which the Islanders face elimination on home ice?

Bylsma jettisoned struggling Marc-Andre Fleury as his starting goaltender in favour of Tomas Vokoun and he pitched a 31-save shutout to put the Penguins up 3-2 in the series, a result that has them poised to win just their second series since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009.

Bylsma reverted to not talking about his lineup Friday, but does anybody think he doesn't come back with Vokoun?

"We know what Tomas did (Thursday) night in the game and how well he's played for us and especially early on stopping a few grade-A chances and being really big for us in that game," said Bylsma.

In other words, Vokoun will start Game 6.


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