Penguins coach Dan Bylsma doesn`t usually converse with Marc-Andre Fleury before games. Goalies are a different breed, and leaving them alone with their thoughts is a coaching tradition that Bylsma generally follows.

Not this time. Not when times are this desperate, and not when Fleury`s thoughts are consumed by negativity.

"I will be speaking with him," Bylsma said Monday, an off-day for the Penguins during Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. "As we go forward here, I think it`s imperative that if we are going to scratch back in the series and get in this thing, it`s going to be on the strength of Marc-Andre Fleury in our net."