TAMPA — When Lightning goalie Ben Bishop had to be stretchered off the ice in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final, no one would have guessed the Pittsburgh Penguins would be the team to endure more stress about goaltending.
Heading into Tuesday’s Game 6, Bishop’s replacement Andrei Vasilevskiy owns a .928 save percentage. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan seems torn over who he should play. Tampa Bay leads the series 3-2.
“It’s a tough one,” Sullivan said. “It’s just a tough circumstance. We believe in the guys we have. But it’s an imperfect situation.”
Matt Murray has gotten the Penguins this far, but he’s a rookie whose statistics have been on the decline in recent games. Then there’s Marc-Andre Fleury, a proven goalie with a Stanley Cup championship on his resume. The problem: Fleury has started only one game since March 31, and that was Sunday when he looked ordinary when he made 21 saves in a 4-3 loss in Game 5.
“I thought Marc made some big saves for us, especially early in the game,” Sullivan…