Fleury returns to role of lightning rod

Beleaguered Penguins goalie not completely to blame for team's playoff woes

Updated: April 25, 2014, 8:18 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- Is this Marc-Andre Fleury as Greek tragedy? Or the central figure in some grand Roman farce?

The best, most consistent player for the Pittsburgh Penguins four games into this unruly, helter-skelter first-round series against the upstart Columbus Blue Jackets suddenly finds himself wearing the hockey equivalent of the hair shirt.


A lightning rod of discontent over the past four seasons, given his often uneven play in the postseason, Fleury now stands showered ...

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