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Bylsma: Penguins need an attitude adjustment

Jun 4, 2013, 9:10 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 3: Nathan Horton #18 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal with teammates in front of Tomas Vokoun #92 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on June 3, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t out of this series, but they have to get right back on track after their crushing 6-1 loss to the Boston Bruins.

This isn’t the first time this talented Penguins team has suffered a breakdown in 2013, but they’ve adjusted in the past. After Monday’s game, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma was asked what Pittsburgh needs to do differently going forward.

“I think the biggest thing is our attitude,” Bylsma said. “And that was a big adjustment for our team earlier in the season, and that’s what it’s going to have to be, how we reset and how we get refocused and how we go into Boston.”

Bylsma added that he was surprised by how the Penguins have played over their last five periods, but he can’t say the same about the Boston Bruins’ performance.

“I don’t think they’ve given us any surprise with how they play or what to expect from their team,” Bylsma said. “I think when they have gotten leads in these two games, they’ve been very good.

“And when we’ve looked for offense or tried to create offense on our own, they’ve been very good at being solid defensively in how they play, but that’s not anything we didn’t expect from the team we’re playing.”

Game 3 will be in Boston on Wednesday (8:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

Related:

Poll: Should Pens start Fleury or Vokoun in Game 3?

Crosby on Game 2: ‘Terrible. There’s no other way to describe it’

  1. tfaltin - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    From what I’ve seen it doesn’t look like the Penguins want to work as hard or be as disciplined as the Bruins. Not even close. Reminds me of the Philadelphia Eagles’ dream team…

    • bgrillz - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      Except the Eagles dream team didn’t make the playoffs and get to the conference finals…but yeah, great comparison…

    • yougotgirouxed - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      I dont think you’ll get a Philly fans that disagrees with that. +1

    • russianmachine8 - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      Maybe the pens should trade Geno for Ovechkin,hes well known for beating the bruins and beating up on Chara!!!!Plus he would crush anyone hitting Cindny Get a Backbone Crosby they say ur the best prove it be the captain everyone in CANADA says ur and quit crying and start scoring goalsP.S. balsma quit getting outcoached as well OVIE FOR MVP LOL

  2. kovodisc - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Perhaps a coaching adjustment is in order, too!

    He came out yesterday and said whichever team gets the first goal would win the game. I guess that would explain the complete lack of effort from them once Marchand lit the lamp 30 seconds in.

    • f2maestro - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      I agree. The ‘attitude adjustment’ needs to come from the top down, meaning Dan Bylsma needs to stop worrying about hurting people’s feelings and needs to start being a head coach.

      PS. Someone needs to tell Letang he’s not a RW.

  3. jaybaileys - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Disco Dan can you please put Iginla with Crosby where he should have been along? Can you put Beau Bennett in and possibly spark the offense. And tell Letang to quit pinching and giving the puck away or he can watch from the press box. How this guy is a Norris candidate just amazes me. He has been prone to bad giveaways all year, that is not a characteristic of one of the best defenseman in the league. He needs to press some buttons and figure out a way to keep the puck out of their net. I love you Dan but your team is imploding in the playoffs again right before your eyes.

    • miketoasty - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      The reasoning I have heard behind this (From radio, twitter, etc) (About keeping Iginla on the Malkin line) is that Bylsma thinks that Iginla will keep the tempers down and Malkin and Neal will be less likely to take their signature retaliatory penalty’s. Can’t say I disagree but at this point something needs to be done to shake up the team, put Iginla where he belongs (With Crosby) and reunite the Kunitz – Malkin – Neal line that was so dominant not too long ago.

  4. pdmjr - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Beau Bennett and Simon Despres need to play, they are fast and skilled and I am dumfounded as to why they are in the box each nite.

  5. pastabelly - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Agree with comment on Letang above. I’d hate to see him and Subban as finalists. I don’t even know if I’ve seen Ryan Suter play, but I hope he wins it. I’d also like the NHL to start thinking about giving the Norris to defensemen who actually defend instead of guys who put the puck in the net. The day when PK Subban can defend better than Zdeno Chara will never happen.

  6. bleedrangerblue - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    The Rangers scored more than this All-Star Pitt team!

    • kovodisc - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Same with the Leafs!

    • Habib Marwan - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      the rangers played on the golf channel last night

    • drone501 - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      rangers, they were a joke all year.

  7. jpelle82 - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    kennedy, bennett need to be in next game and fleury should start. pens were just giving the puck away last night. bad passes all over the ice, they made it easy on the b’s. matt cooke was too worried about jawing with marchand to actually cover him on his 2nd goal. just dumb play all around. they need to stop worrying about hitting the bruins and get back to what they are good at. its pretty obvious the bruins arent fazed by the checking and all its doing is leaving the pens out of position. bruins are making short smart passes in places where the penguins should be…just too easy, no one was in position last night and nobody could put the puck on a stick in any zone…passing was horrendous.

    • f2maestro - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      Do you honestly think Fleury is a better option than Vokoun at this point? Vokoun has been solid and really has only let in 1 goal I would consider to be his fault and not that of his defense (missed clears, blown coverage, bad deflections, etc). The Pens need to get back to basics and need a goaltender who can make the saves he is supposed to and not necessarily steal a game. If the game gets to the point the goalie needs to steal the game, then there are probably bigger issues that need solved.

      I agree Kennedy / Bennett should be in next game (not sure why Bylsma went away from Bennett to begin with as he’s been solid the games he has played). I’d also consider playing Depres with Letang to try and bring Letang back down to earth.

      I also agree the Pens need to focus much less on being physical and more on being in position. The Pens went wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy out of their way to make a big hit last night which costed them on a number of those goals. They need to realize they aren’t going to effectively grind down the Bruins.

      I really hope Iginila is put on the top line with Sid and Dupuis where he should have been since the day Sid got back from his Jaw injury.

      • jpelle82 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        i think you put fleury in with a clean slate and he has a good game. the guys have been playing with him for years, they love him, im sure with the other adjustments they need to make they will want to win in front of fleury as well as for themselves. you throw fleury in with a 3 goal deficit and cold and you cant blame him too much. pens got a goal almost immediately after he came in and they had a bit of a spark. cooke ruined that just seconds later with his back to the play running his mouth and letting marchand skate away from him. its a coin flip in my opinion as far as the play on the ice, i think its more of a mental and necessary change. plus i think vokoun needs a rest either way. bylsma needs to send a message somehow and a goalie change is the biggest one he could send – look at what happened last time he made the change to vokoun. it COULD happen the same way as it did with vokoun coming in though i personally think the series is a lost cause at this point.

      • f2maestro - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        This may me being blindly optimistic, but I don’t think the series is over yet. The Pens are too deep, too talented and far too experienced to let this whole situation play out the way it is now. If the Pens manage a split in Boston anything is possible depending on who heats up.

        Let’s be honest, if the Pens start ‘getting to their game’ (so tired of hearing that phrase) Rask isn’t going to be able to stop the Pens. Even in game one where he recorded a shutout, he looked shaky and he got beat 5+ times only to have the Iron bail him out. Heck, even last night he didn’t look totally sure of himself, however he did manage to stop all but one of the shots he faced and get wins in both games.

        I think one thing is for sure though, if the Pens lose the next game in Boston the series is over.

      • chanceoffleury1 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        @f2maestro it is blindly optimistic. But at this point being blindly optimistic is the only way the Pens are going to win this series so it’s probably the right mindset to have. They need to win. There is no Plan B. Winning is the only plan they need to have right now.

    • mattdaddy7 - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      Kennedy and Bennett should’ve never been taken out of the lineup…if Kennedy wasn’t inserted into the lineup in game 5 against the Islanders, I don’t think Pittsburgh makes it out of the first round…

      • drone501 - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        pens win tomorrow, its a new ballgame. they also play very well on the road. maybe thats the secret. the two gigs at home didnt go well. we got to re group. if not. jobs are on the line, i think a lot of marginal players like cookie will not be signed.

  8. bobwsc - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    “Bylsma” sounds like a liver disorder.

  9. masshole74 - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    what is with this sight? the penguins lose and all u talk about is what they need to do to get a win. show the bruins some love for once.

    • stickskills - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      No offense to you or the Bruins fans, but the “no one gave us a chance, no one gives us credit, it’s us against the WORLD” thing is getting sooooooo old. There have been a TON of articles written about it already.

      The problem is that the Boston fans detract from Boston’s great play so far THEMSELVES. Instead of making comments like “that was a great game from the Bruins”, the fans have said “the Pens suck”. Can’t blame the writers for following the comments, now can you. What the readers want to read about is laid out clearly in the comments.

      • stoopidfool - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        shaddup……the Boston fans don’t detract from anything

        you sound like Sindey……the pens have had their heads handed to them twice now and all you hear is how the refs were terrible and how Sindey was terrible……what’s real is that the b’s simply have to keep doing what they’re doing, and the pens have no answer…..

        the most fitting play was how cooke scared marchand into scoring a goal……

        so much for the pens in 5 most prognosticators predicted

      • rogersjd16 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        Yea sorry, this is completely false. Not sure who you think Bruins fans are, but this has been a PIttsburgh fan bashing party, not Bruins fans. May be a rogue comment here or there, but that’s just not accurate.

        But, to you point, let me say – To one of the questions posted in the Discussion article post, yes, Lucic, Krecji, Horton line is certainly the best line in the playoffs right now. I believe all 3 are Top 6 in playoff points. Horton is revived, I know he’s been potting which is great to see, but he’s skating, forechecking, and hitting like he used to pre-Rome hit.

        Rask’s performance is being lost. I know the overall shots faced are down, but he’s been brilliant.

        Also lost was Jagr’s 2 assists last night. He made a great play along the half wall to take that puck away and start the break out; Jagr -> Bergie -> Marchand -> top corner snipe.

        Biggest difference between what Pens have been used to seeing and what the Bruins do better than any team in league is defensive forward play. Obviously Bergie is Selke winner and finalist, but you watch even Looch and then Kelly, Peverly, Krecji et al, and it’s a marvel to see all of them below their own blue line before Penguins can get through the offensive zone.

        Most importantly – still a ton of hockey to be played. Love where we’re at, but if there’s one team that can make this a series again it’s this Pens squad. Gotta come home to Causeway St and take care of biz on home ice.

      • kitshky - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        @stickskills…. Repeat this to yourself over and over again until it becomes reality.

        Boston Bruins fans are the most logical, the most balanced, the wisest and most mature fans of all. Anytime anyone (including you) says anything that isn’t complimentary of the Bruins they are nothing but whining sniveling morons … the Bruins are not dirty. I repeat the Bruins are not dirty, they are simply hard nosed and willing to do what it takes to win …even if that means flopping and diving.

        There, just keep repeating that until you find yourself living the in the “reality” that is the Bruins fans. It’ll make things a lot better.

      • hockey412 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        I guess I just haven’t given them enough credit….
        :(

        >

  10. upyourstodd - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Sorry NBC, the most excited Doc got all night was the Penguins lone goal. I want to believe you guys arent actively pulling for the Penguins. But it is so blatantly obvious that the announcers want the Dream Team to win. If the Penguins were winning 6-1, Pierre, Eddie and Doc would have actually commentated on the second half of the third period, fawning all over the penguins skill, rather than go through the motions.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      all i heard was how “surgical” and how “perfect” the bruins game was last night. they got excited because it came right after a goalie change at the end of the period. couldve been a game changing moment. get over yourself dude

      • stoopidfool - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        well…..it was kind of like that……

      • jpelle82 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        oh i’m not arguing that fact, i think they were fair in their assessment and their coverage though. they had 2 bits where they showed a montage of bad passes by the penguins and then another one of crosby’s turnovers. the rest of it was bruins good play and highlights, you cant blame them for being bored in a 5 to 1 game in the 3rd period though.

    • tokyobuzzsaw - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      Agreed, did Pierre talk at all in the third period? If I wasn’t a fan of either of these teams and was just a casual hockey fan I don’t think I would have been able to watch this whole game. The demeanor of the broadcasters was just aweful. They seemed really out of it, none of them showed any life.

      As a Bruins fan though, I love it!!! I think it’s great that the Bruins are taking a big, steamy, smelly dump all over the Penguins, NBC and Prohockeytalk writers!!!!

      • brainoflindros - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        Are you really complaining about not hearing Pierre or Doc ramble on? I’m not. Worst duo in broadcasting.
        I totally agree with your assessment though, if Pens were up 5-1 with 2 wins it would have been smiles and a ton of talking.
        However the game after Marchants second goal was hard to watch, even after his first goal in the first 30 seconds…Pens seemed dead.
        Maybe that is why Bylsma obviously is stating in the article that the Bruins need the first goal to win…and Pens can’t win after being down…sounds just bad…and like he is defeated. The players need an attitude change? So does he! Why don’t you try to goon it up…start running around and hitting…oh you gave up 2 goals while doing that.
        I am enjoying this!
        Crosby crying about refs…then in a hole 0-2 and going on the road…where home team has last change.
        Good luck, hope this series goes longer, don’t want hockey to end.

      • chanceoffleury1 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        You must not have watched the third period, as Pierre made the best and most unforgettable comment of the night during the third period. When asked “Who do you start game 3?” Pierre quickly replied “Fleury.” Not even 10 seconds later did Fleury let in the 6th goal…………..sigh.

    • pghcityofchamps - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      Upyours….you must be kidding right? NBC has done nothing but stroke the Bruins for 2 games now!!!! I mean everytime they touch the puck they have to wipe their nose off cause its so far up the Bruins butt! So please do not insult our intelligence. Believe me…the way they have been playing, they deserve to be complimented.

    • sanfranbruinsfan - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      There was a great moment when one announcer said, “Does the score 4-1 ring any bells?”
      And the other announcer flat out said “No.”
      And the first announcer said “Well Boston made that amazing comeback from 4-1 against Toronto.”
      And the second announcer said “Right, well you never know what can happen.”
      And the Bergeron scored immediately.

      • sanfranbruinsfan - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        *then

  11. foodforthesoul28 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    I am a Bruins fan. It was a great game, I do not expect the pens to go quietly. But man, the Bruins are playing great and I hope they continue to. Good luck to the pens the rest of the series but I hope we beat you. Go bruins!!

    • stoopidfool - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      no…….they won’t go quietly……crosby will make sure of it after the game

  12. redridershoottheireyeout - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Well Bylsma just ended his career in Pittsburgh, ask Mike Therrien and Eddie Olczyk, you can’t bash the superstars even in an indirect manner without paying the price there! You might upset Cindy and Gina.

    • pghcityofchamps - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      Redryder – if your going to post something on here, do us “real hockey” fans a huge favor….post something that makes sense. There is absolutely NO WAY Bylsma loses his job in Pittsburgh if the Pens don’t advance. Also, Crosby and Malkin do not control the team and make decisions on who comes and goes…not even Mario does that. He leaves all personel up to GM Ray Shero fyi…….

      ..

      • stoopidfool - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        redryder was just trying to be nice….once the B’s finish off the pens on friday, the sweep is going to have people pointing fingers…..however, I would not be suprised to see Sindey getting as much flak as the coach……the guy wearing the ‘C’ menstruating when his team needs his leadership is the bigger problem. She is playing scared and a hockey team can’t have that

  13. kovodisc - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    NBC coverage is so awful. It’s embarrassing.

  14. bgrillz - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Calm down everyone! They lost the first two games. Yesterday was an absolute dud. Game 1 they played their game, just didn’t finish. It is about attitude adjustments. They do need to refocus. The system they run, Boston didn’t handle well, they made no adjustments in game 2, you think that the Bruins just figured them out overnight? Come on now. Voukun is not the issue. Goals 1 and 2 in game one, were flukey, and on goal 3 he was left with a 2 on 0 in front of the net. Game 2, breakaway, tic tac toe, and a terrible turnover by Letang, that led to a shot towards the net that went two directions before falling into the lap of Horton. I think the pull should have happened to start the 2nd period. That Marchand goal was a back breaker. There was no chance from there on out. So stop whining, and get behind your team. Did you expect a sweep? This series had 7 written all over it. Game 3 will tell you if that is true. Last time I checked it isn’t over until one team wins 4 games.

    • f2maestro - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      Personally, I think Penguins fans have a legit reason to be worried. The last 90 minutes of hockey played has been all Bruins (with the occasional flash of the normal, focused Penguins) and have looked oddly similar to that of the Philadelphia series last year (maybe even worse). With a team this experienced and this deep in the playoffs, how can they not be focused by now? Why does it take losing two at home to force a team to focus? There’s only two reasons I can think of; Poor coaching and poor attitudes.

      I sure hope you’re right. I’ll be pulling for the Pens until the bitter end.

    • stoopidfool - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      pens have no answer……..the B’s size wears the pens down so that they can’t skate with the speed guys on the B’s

    • stratomaticfan - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      The Penguins seem beaten mentally already. They need to change that or it’ll be over soon. I’m a B’s fan, but I don’t see the logic in starting Fleury. Vokoun may have lost 2 games, but it’s the atrocious defense in front of him that cost them 2 games, not his poor play. To me, MAF is a time bomb waiting to explode. I picked B’s in 6 due to their defense, goaltending and experience. But I didn’t expect Pitt to be manhandled…especially at home.

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      Maybe the Pens comebacks against the Bruins during the regular season were flukey? But please, tell me how the regular season doesn’t matter now that it is the playoffs. Pitt vs boston reg season 3-0, Playoffs 0-2. Something fishy?

  15. bgrillz - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    And to those who think Fleury should be a shoe in, are dumb. So should LA go to Bernier after the Kings left Quick out to dry? Voukun is not the reason the Pens are down 2-0. it’s their sloppy play and lack of offense. GAme 1, they had the offense, but couldn’t finish. Game two, they were just awful in all aspects, but goaltending wasn’t the reason.

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      Quick is the unquestioned starter from the get go. Vokoun was brought in as a backup.

  16. supercoop8 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Bruins fan here, but I thought Kennedy played a great game 1, created chances but his shot was all over the place. I’m not sure why Jokinen was ever brought in(traded for) or why he keeps cracking the line-up, Vitale was much better than him last night in his series debut. The Pens have the depth to have three very fast lines but Bylsma seems more concerned about players throwing bodies around; if Bennent doesn’t get some time it would be a joke. The biggest problem I see for the Pens is that their players are bent on throwing can opening hits and taking themselves out of play; they need to inundate some responsibility. On Hortons goal, Orpik decided to smash Krug instead of trying to block his shot from the point. The next goal was Krejcis, two Pens forwards were trying to get to Chara seconds after he cleared the puck. Marchands second goal, Cooke was was running his mouth while a Pens player knocked down Jagr instead of getting his stick down and chipping the puck in deep.
    Being physical isn’t just throwing big hits; its winning puck battles, blocking shots, its taking hits to make a play.

  17. tlndma - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    I’ll agree with the commenters who think the NBC crew seemed bumbed out about the score. Eddie O. especially. I’ve always thought that he slants his commentary whenever it’s Pittsbugh or Chicago. In the Detroit series Wings were winning a game 3-1 and all he kept talking about was the Chicago players. You would have thought it was 5-3 Hawks.

  18. pghcityofchamps - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Hey look….cut and dry….if any Pens fan out there thought this was going to be a cake walk, then they were either dillusional or just had no hockey sense period. We all knew Boston had an exeptional team…they won the cup 2 years ago for gods sake. But there is absolutely NO reason for the Pens to be playing as horrific as they are for as talented as they are!!!! Granted this series is not over yet, but its not looking good…especially if some serious attitudes and adjustments aren’t made and FAST!!!! If any team has the talent to run off 4 in a 6 game set, its Pittsburgh….but they have to WANT IT MORE than Boston and right now Boston looks like they want it pretty bad!

  19. fenway22 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    The worst thing that happened to Pit was having those back to back high scoring games vs. Ottawa to close the series. They are too caught up with being a showtime team and this Bruins team is too good on defense to allow the space needed for Pitt to be flashy. In the regular season games between the two they were low scoring with Pitt playing a more of a defensive first type game. Part of that was Pitt had injuries to key players during those regular season games so they were not as offensively obsessed with over passing and being too cute. Now that they are fully healthy Pitt is collapsing under the weight of their own success on offense. Pitt can still win this series. I’m a Bruins fan but I’m a realist and I know as great as Tukka has been there is also a (bad) Tukka that can show up at anytime. Pitt can also score goals in bunches and maybe going on the road will help them and help the coaching staff too. With Boston having the last change Pitt will have to worry less about match-ups with could help them not out think themselves. But I can’t see things changing that much for Pitt to make a difference. Their goal tending is a mess.

  20. steelers88 - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    If the Penguins don’t comeback to win this series Dan Byslma has to go! They have to much talent not to win this year. Dan Byslma is getting out coached again and he has lost the lockeroom again. Byslma is only a great coach because he has great players. If I were the Penguins the next coach I would hire would be defensive minded.

    • whiskytango333 - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      Im over Bylsma. Inability to adapt, amd constant underachieving when it counts. They brought in Byslma because Thierrien was too authoratative (albeit successful), and now the pendulum has swung the opposite way, with a coach whose style has little concern for solid defense, but rather “how quick can we get it out of the zone”. This memtality has led to numerous, numerous costly turnovers. Personally id like to the the Penguins bring in Guy Boucher. A very “defense first” (the dreaded 1-3-1…) coach who has already had success with Sidney Crosby.

  21. papajack1259 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Dan I heard New York is looking for a coach
    The Pens actually believe they just have to take the ice and they will win. I have lost a lot of respect for Cindy & Malcontent and just how is Latang a Norris Canidate?

  22. irokkit - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    @ stickskills
    I think you have a point. And I give you credit for how you put it.
    Speaking on behalf of myself…raised n Lynn, MA…11miles north if Boston and a live long Bruins fan. I live in CO.
    And I went there too. Pens suck. But I went there for two different reasons.
    1) All the hype for Pittsburg. TV commentators gave Bruins a 10% chance against the Rangers. (# Based on the amount of voters compared to the Bruins votes) yes 9 out of 10 picked NY. And less against the pens. So retaliation is in the air sir. And the Bruins are superior to the pens right now!
    2) I was so disappointed in Crosby!!!! He started AHL 3rd line antics against Rask and continued to jaw at Chara in game 1. REALLY???!!!!
    I have always placed Crosby above that and I know the game is emotional (I still play) but from Crosby? I expect him to act like Bergeron… IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN!!!!
    GREAT two games from the Bruins. .

  23. bwomped - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    First off, Disco can thank Marc Andre Fleury for being the fastest to 200 wins in a coaching career. Second, when the team wins, it’s always the forwards that did it. When they lose its on the goalies. Sure, MAF has let a softy or two in his career but, he is the Pens #1 goalie. Vokoun was mostly outstanding in his role as backup and getting the Penguins this far but, make no mistake, if this team played as good over that six game stretch that Vokoun went 5-1 while Fleury was in net we wouldn’t have gotten to see how good Vokoun can play. Now they are back to playing lousy hockey and it doesn’t matter if they’d pick up a 26 year old Martin Brodeur, if they play this way they will lose. I’m with Marc Andre Fleury in net, Beau Bennett and Tyler Kennedy back in in place of Jokkinen and Viltale and putting Iggy with Sid and Kuni with Geno and RDJN#18. Let’s Go Pens!!! Flower! Flower!! Flower!!!

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