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Bylsma: There will be lineup changes for Game 3

Jun 4, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT


With his team behind 0-2 in the Eastern Conference finals and facing a virtual must-win in Boston, Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma said there would be changes to his roster and forward lines for Game 3.

“We have to get back to playing good defensive hockey, we have to get back to playing get away from the puck, and that’s got to happen throughout our lineup,” he explained.

“I think you’ll see some changes in our lines and a few guys being added to the lineup to do so.”

What those changes are remain to be seen.

Of the healthy scratches from Game 2, Beau Bennett, Simon Despres, Mark Eaton, Tanner Glass and Tyler Kennedy have all played at least once this postseason, with Kennedy (2G-3A-5PTS in eight games) being the most productive of the lot.

As for who might come out?

Jussi Jokinen (7:46 TOI), Joe Vitale (11:03) and Craig Adams (11:14) had the least amount of ice time among the forwards in Game 2, and one has to wonder if Douglas Murray could be in danger of getting parked after a rough outing (minus-2 and just 12:45 TOI, the lowest among all the defensemen).

Bylsma also wouldn’t confirm which of his goalies — Tomas Vokoun or Marc-Andre Fleury — would start in Game 3.

Vokoun was yanked for the first time this postseason in Monday’s 6-1 loss after allowing three goals on 12 shots to start the game. Fleury came in and wasn’t much more effective, allowing three goals on 17 shots.

Bylsma sounded like he was leaning towards using Vokoun in Game 3.

“He’s certainly won a lot of hockey games, had a lot of success in that net for us,” Bylsma said. “He didn’t have that last night, but that’s not going to play into the decision.”

  1. stickskills - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Thanks Dan. Now I feel secure.

    “we have to get back to playing get away from the puck”?

    Personally I’d much rather see them with the puck.

    • tdrusher225 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Haha very true, that’s the only way they know how to play. They look pretty damn good with the puck, it’s when they don’t have it they look like a clueless pee wee team.

      • jpelle82 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        and when they just give it away freely it doesnt help the cause either. it looked like were wearing oven mitts on their hands. couldnt catch or make a pass to save their lives

  2. blastfurnaceknows - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Bennett & Kennedy IN and Jokinen and Vitale out. I also think we’ll see shake-ups in at least 3, if not all 4 lines. Iginla to Crosby’s line, for example. Also, Vokoun back in the net, because Fleury continues to look like a nervous mess out there.

    • f2maestro - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      I would like to see TK put back on the 4th line with Adams/Vitale then see Bennett put on the 3rd with Cooke and Sutter. Morrow has been invisible with the exception of one good pass in game 1. I also agree that Iginila needs put with Sid, regardless of whether Sid wants it or not. Lastly, I don’t think there’s any question (at least in my mind) that Vokoun should start. The Pens don’t need a spark necessarily (as most think starting Fleury would provide) as much as they need to slow the pace and play sound, responsible, basic hockey. Vokoun has been solid and has made the saves he should have made.

    • Tyler - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      I’d like to see:

      Iginla – Crosby – Dupuis
      Kunitz – Malkin – Neal
      Bennett – Sutter – Cooke
      Kennedy – Adams – Glass

      D pairings don’t seem to matter 😦

      I’m a Pens fan..

      • blastfurnaceknows - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        For the life of me, I’ll never understand how Glass has gotten the ice time that he has gotten this season and in these playoffs. He does nothing at all for me. I like the 1st 3 lines though.

      • chanceoffleury1 - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:52 PM

        Agreed @blastfurnaceknows. I think you slide Vitale or Jokinen in the 4th line for nothing more than their faceoff prowess. Especially because Crosby has really struggled in the circle these last 2 games and although Malkin was great in Game 2, he’s pretty hit or miss with faceoffs. Some nights he’s on and some nights he’s off. Sutter can’t be the only guy in the lineup able to win a faceoff.

  3. penguins49ers - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Laugh, Penguin haters, laugh. The Penguins are begging for it.

    • pastabelly - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      Quite honestly, PHT is filled with more Crosby hate than Penguins hate. He’s such a punk.

      • 19to77 - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:59 PM

        True thing. Most of the rest of the team isn’t especially loathed. I mean, there’s Matt Cooke, but he’s Matt Cooke. Shockingly, people don’t like seeing a guy with absurdly vast natural talent pull the whiniest, most petulant sh*t every time he doesn’t get exactly what he wants.

  4. jpelle82 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    if he really wanted to shake it up he would bench crosby, malkin, and letang.

    • f2maestro - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      With the exception of his lack of points, Geno has had a strong series so far. He’s limited his turnovers, has been fairly good at back checking and has been relatively good at not retaliating.

      Sid has been pointless, been horrible at faceoffs and has made a number of glaring errors during the series, but you can not bench the best player in hockey. Maybe Sid should put the shield back on? He’s been awful since it was removed.

      I would not have a problem with benching Letang after his latest performance, but who do you replace him with? Engo? Depres?

      Benching any of the 3 is unrealistic.

      • mp1131211 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:10 PM

        Wait…. Geno is the only one to take a 5 minute major for the Pens so far, so there goes that theory.

      • chanceoffleury1 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        If they really wanted to send a message to him the time to bench Letang would have been Game 2. It’s not an option to go down 3 games in the series and benching your “best” defenseman and losing game 3 would have Pittsburgh asking for Bylsma’s head. At this point the only option they really have for him would be to sit him down in an office and make it clear his defensive lapses are unacceptable and hope he gets the message.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      ya i wasnt serious about benching them. they need to play better or this falls on their shoulders though…they should hear that much from their coach.

  5. hockeyflow33 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    I think he shot his team in the foot when he put Fleury in mid-period last night. Coming from the minority and thinking Fleury is a really good goalie, he does get his confidence shaken really easily and what happened last night certainly won’t help. He looked crushed when Marchand scored on him at the end of the 1st and he was fighting the puck at the end of the night.

    I thought going in Fleury was the strong wild-card you could use in case of emergency but I’d be shocked if he could recover in time to salvage the series.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      I agree Fleury is generally very good, but right now he seems a head case. First shot last night went in, at a horrible moment, killing his team’s bid for some momentum, seriously wounding their chance to come back in the game and series. I would seriously think about really shaking things up by turning to Brad Thiessen of the AHL Baby Pens. If he does poorly too, well, no worse off really than how Vokoun and Fleury fared last night. But goal is just one-third of their problem. Sloppy defense and no offense must change immediately or Bruins keep rolling.

  6. airpizz6 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Bench the guys who don’t deserve to play — Crosby and Malkin. The Pens have won many games without them – and they can do it again.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      Wow! Bench 2 of the best players in the league during a playoff game. Heck! Why bench them? Might as well not dress them, and replace them with guys who are going to play. Wait? How can you expect airpizz to make any sense if his solution is to dress players but no play them. Seriously! I’m grateful for guys flow33, jpelle, vipers, blomfeld and heck i’ll throw stakex for that matter. These guys are interesting and one in particular is fun to read. 100 TUs airpizz

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        *100 TDs

      • airpizz6 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        Bylsma is going to make lineup changes to get a response. How better to get a response than to scratch his best players. They have done nothing in this series to warrant being untouchable. Let the lesser stars win game 3 and then bring Crosby and Malkin back with hopefully some sense of urgency. Right now neither deserves 10% of his pay check.

      • bruininnh1984 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:43 PM

        benching crosby, malkin, or any other of the penguin stars is not an option at this point. either they step up their play and figure this thing out, or this will be over in four games.

    • jaybaileys - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      I’d just put them on waivers. You are joking right?

  7. Habib Marwan - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    dont like this, it reeks of a panic move, relax dan b, your pens are still going to win thi9s series.. stand pat and get it done with what got you here

    • jimthebear - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      Keep telling yourself that…

      • drone501 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        i wouldn’t count them out just yet. i have seen this team turn it on a dime. i think the bruins know this.

      • bruininnh1984 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        when was the last time the penguins were able to turn it on a dime in the playoffs? in 2010, they were up 3-1 on the canadiens and blew that series, in 2011, they were up 3-1 on the lightning, without crosby and malkin, and blew that series; and last year they were thoroughly embarrassed by the flyers. and while they aren’t done yet this year, what do the last three playoff runs by the penguins have in common? they’ve wilted when it counted most.

      • Habib Marwan - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        if im wrong , then im wrong…. but the fact is pittsburgh has more talent before they fall out of bed each morning then the bruins do at their peek… but we all know that just cause u have more talent doesnt always mean you win .. the playoffs are flukey sometimes. these lobsided scores in the first 2 games are exactly that.. flukey…. are boston a good gritty weathered bunch… yep they are .. but the pens shouldnt be in a 2-0 hole like they are right now … sooner or later’s something will give

      • jpelle82 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        when was the last time the bruins blew a 3-0 series lead? 3 years ago…remember? pens havent done that since 1975 – yet you seem to like to throw rocks from your glass house anyway huh?

      • savoirlaire - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        “but the fact is pittsburgh has more talent before they fall out of bed each morning then the bruins do at their peek”

        Well, aside from the spelling and grammar, Habib, do ya really think Pittsburgh has more talent–IN THE GOALKEEPER position?? Really? Seems to me that Vokoun and Fleury pretty much suck right now and Rask is on his head every night. No let me revise that…Vokoun and Fleury totally suck right now. Yours is a big time stupid statement…

    • kovodisc - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      That must be some really good kool-aid you got there.

  8. 19to77 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Hell, he may as well move Letang to right wing considering he’s not playing any defense worthy of mention.

  9. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    I hope this series gets to 7 games, but, I highly doubt it. I don’t believe the Pens can get it together. The Bs are just too good right now to crumble. They’re out playing the Pens in every aspect of the game, and each player is just playing better then their counterpart. They are in the zone, and the Pens are in a fog. Coach B has lost the pulse of the team, and they are on life support.

    • stickskills - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      I’ve heard that several times throughout the season. They fall apart like children, then they wake up and put on a show that seems impossible. All they need to do is settle down.

  10. hounds2013 - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    It’s too bad that two of the changes aren’t Crosby & Malkin.

  11. stoopidfool - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    honestly, the bruins have made it look easy…….they own in front of each goal as well as center ice and there’s nothing the pens can do about it now….and the boards? well we already knew how that part was going to work out…..

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