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Bylsma on controversial Briere goal: It’s not the reason we lost

Apr 11, 2012, 11:35 PM EDT

According to Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma, one goal didn’t decide the game.

That was the message following his team’s collapse in a 4-3 overtime loss to Philadelphia in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal. The Penguins blew a 3-0 lead in stunning fashion — at home, to a hated rival — and it all began rather controversially.

Flyers forward Daniel Briere scored what video replays showed to be an offside goal to make the score 3-1.

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It was a contentious goal, but the Penguins head coach wasn’t interested in calling it a game-changer.

“In the course of a game — for the linesmen — there’s a lot of scenarios that are close to being calls either way,” Bylsma said. “I think the linesman is to wish this one was a little closer than it was, when he sees it again.

“But that’s not why we lost.”

If Bylsma wanted reasons for why his team lost, he didn’t have to look far. The Penguins had three power plays when the score was 3-0, more than enough opportunities to salt the game away.

They also allowed history to repeat itself. The Penguins lost two games to the Flyers in the stretch drive by blowing 2-0 leads and seemed to overlook the fact that Philly led the NHL during the regular season by winning three games — all on the road — after falling behind by three goals.

Game 2 goes Friday at Consol Energy Center in what will be a very nervous affair for the Penguins. While the team’s PR staff noted the winner of Game 1 in the last four series involving Penguins has gone on to lose the series, Pittsburgh has to be concerned with its inability to close out the Flyers.

  1. ll8078 - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    haven’t seen a good replay yet, but I remember being highly confused why Icing wasn’t called right before the Pens’ 3rd goal. But no one’s paying attention to that. I remember the play by play guys being confused by it.

    • stakex - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:53 AM

      Oh there is no doubt both teams were screwed by blown calls that were followed by goals.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:33 AM

        The penguins folded after a bad call now they can feel what its like when the other team has to deal with the embellishment calls they will get all series ! HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHHAAAha!

    • atb4 - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:15 AM

      The Penguins homer announcers said icing was waved off there because Grossmann interfered with Dupuis being able to make a play on the puck.

      I’m not saying that’s a rule or the correct call, but that was their explanation, which was probably biased.

      • ll8078 - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:21 PM

        im pretty sure it’s only on the guy closest on the chase of the puck, which was not the guy sent into the boards. He was out of the play. Contact like that occurs on every icing.

    • miketoasty - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      The Penguins player going for the puck was pushed into the boards and didn’t get a chance to play the puck, which negates the icing.

      • johninpa - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

        Mike, you try to give the proper explanation and get a bunch of thumbs down. The haters don’t want the truth. If you watch the replay, the ref down the ice waved it off.

  2. ravenscaps48 - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    I hate the Penguins. But I love Dan Bylsma. Never makes excuses

  3. bjg5091 - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Gotta give respect where it is due and I will give respect to Bylsma here. Difference between him and their previous head coach who always made excuses.

  4. thehairychestsportsblog - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    NBC failed to mention the blown icing call I see. McGuire looked so distraught not interviewing his boyfriend Sid after the game.

    • chizmo - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      not remembering Pierre’s constant babbling about leadership from Carter for years? get out the tinfoil hats! bet NBC and NHL told the linesman to call off icing so Pens could score!

    • phil5111 - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:04 PM

      I love Flyer fans. They get a ridiculous call to score a goal that came at a crucial time in the game, the Penguins don’t complain, don’t use it as an excuse and all the Flyer fans do is whine, whine, whine and they WON the game. You guys should get lives. ENJOY the victory AH’s.

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Yep yep yep. It isn’t the reason. And like my fellow fans have said, the Pens got their 3rd call off of a blown goal. The officiating crew (specifically the Linesmen) will have some explaining to do haha.

  6. t16rich - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Whoever uses this as an excuse better pull their bias head out of their rectum. Pittsburghs third goal carries controversy too.

  7. cup0pizza - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Classy observation by the coach of a less-than-classy team.

  8. bleed4philly - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:22 AM

    Hey, your third goal was controversial too, Dupuis stick was pretty high up there to get the puck over the net and off Bryz’s back.

    • phillyphever - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:49 AM

      Ah…you forgot about a missed icing call.

      • miketoasty - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:04 AM

        What missed icing call?

      • phillyphever - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:43 PM

        The missed icing call that pretty much gave Pittsburgh their 3rd goal.

    • chizmo - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      hahah that was nowhere even close to a high stick on the puck.

  9. id4joey - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    Guys! Guys! A team is the image of their coach. You can’t have class at the top level and not have it filter down. C’mon! Get serious.

  10. ironcity6pak - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:37 AM

    Extremely concerning for the Pens. This is classic Pens hockey and has been a major problem in recent years. I really don’t understand what they are thinking when they have a lead. Sitting back and letting teams attack is the dumbest way to hold a lead unless their is 5 min remaining the 3rd. The flyers are notorious for coming back and winning in dramatic fashion. this is the playoffs not the first game of the season. Just plain F’n sad!

    • jstaz - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      Spot on, we lost the game. And simply put, we start beating some Philthy A-S 2-nite!!!

  11. feva4theflava - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    Can’t wait for game 2! Pens better have that killer instinct for more than one third of the game.

  12. jssgriffi - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Hey jackass, did u actually watch the game? Penguins got a goal on what was supposed to be icing! They also got how many bs penalties called for them! Penguins were handed the game and lost it. Watch the game not just highlights!

  13. jssgriffi - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Hey jackass, did u actually watch the game? Penguins got a goal on what was supposed to be icing! They also got how many bs penalties called for them! Penguins were handed the game and lost it. Watch the game not just highlights!

  14. jssgriffi - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    So glad I’m watching the games on Comcast cuz I hate NBC announcers. They were probably crying after the penguins lost the lead. Can’t stand big network announcers they have no clue

  15. phillyphan83 - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    where’s genopringles? is that homer d-bag hiding after a loss? he said Pitt was gonna sweep! he said already have the cup won! where u at geno?? geeeeennnnoooooo!!!!

  16. flataz2166 - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    I have been watching hockey since 1970 and never have seen a more blatant offside call missed. How could a linesman possibly missed the fact that Briere never even left the Pens zone, it is not like his skates just beat the puck over the blue line, He may as well taken the pass in the crease. That goal is absolutely why the Pens lost the game. Also, for those idiots out there that were begging for an icing call on the Pens goal, you know as well as I do that there was no icing, you are just trying deflect the fact that the flyers won the game because of a blown call, that is the only way they could win a game in this series.

    Remember, if you believe in this, blown calls will even out over the course of a seven game series, well the pens sure do have a big one coming to them now.

  17. phillyphan83 - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    Phil are you serious?? There are about 5 or 6 stories about this game that have been posted since it ended for you to read. The comments section of EVERY SINGLE ONE is filled with the same thing…Pens fans crying about the offsides non-call. You’re either dilusional or you haven’t read any comments, just shot your mouth off, and now you look like an @$$

  18. phillyphan83 - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    You also compared pens players who have to be politically correct in interviews, to flyers fans, expressing unbridled honesty. I love Pens fans, have to slant the competition to make yourselves look better. You’re an idiot.

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