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Dan Bylsma puts on brave face after Game 3 loss

Jun 6, 2013, 1:07 AM EDT

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How do you bounce back from a painful loss like the Pittsburgh Penguins suffered in Game 3 on Wednesday?

Head coach Dan Bylsma didn’t face that question after the 2-1 double OT loss to the Boston Bruins, but he did his best to provide an upbeat outlook.

“It was a hard-fought game on both sides,” Bylsma said. “It was a very good response from our team. We did a lot of things to get opportunities to win the hockey game. We have to bounce back from a goal very early on in the game, and I thought we did that very well and stuck with it, got the goal to tie the game and really was a hard-fought game all over the ice. Again, we did everything but get the game-winning goal there.”

He acknowledged that Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin played better despite losing (and remaining pointless), but he said that things could very well turn around if they play the same way in Game 4 as they did in Game 3.

“Those guys had great opportunities, five on five, Evgeni had a mini breakaway there, we had good chances on the power play, they all had good looks and we just have to keep playing that way, and that’s what we’re going to do,” Bylsma said. “We know the situation being down 0-3 but we’re going to come back for Game 5 and we’re going to play exactly that same way and get a win in Game 4.

  1. devilsarethebest - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    LOL, he meant to say Game 4 but tripped up.

  2. jimw81 - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    pens problems started when the flyers psychologically destroyed them two season ago and it still haunts them to this day. Bylsma and Shero have no clue how to cure it.

    • dannymac17 - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:28 AM

      yes that must be it, its must be the Flyers who have won absolutely nothing for a good while.

      • fantasyhockeyguru - Jun 6, 2013 at 7:12 AM

        The point wasn’t about what the Flyers have won, but the impact they had on the Pens psychologically as a result of their series. Reading Comprehension 101

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 6, 2013 at 7:43 AM

        Their was no point, it was just another dumb, baseless comment from a knucklehead who stayed up too late.

      • laxman1944 - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        LOL…….They beat/embarresed your squad.

        So save it putz.

      • dannymac17 - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        not a pends fan f@g

    • 8man - Jun 6, 2013 at 7:10 AM

      Well, the Pens better hope the Flyers are influencing them. I think they’d kill to be like the Flyers were three years ago.

      • season20122013 - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:27 AM

        I think the Flyers would kill to be like the Flyers were three years ago.

      • nightfireop - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        ty for mike richards btw ;)

    • season20122013 - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      I hope you’re just a Flyers fan giving the Flyers credit where it certainly isn’t due. The second game of this series was ridiculous, the Pens played a horrible game. Not giving too much credit to the B’s for that one. But last night and game 1 was more about two very good teams going at it. Yes, B’s fans whine about not getting enough ‘credit’, but the fact is that most fans suspected a Pens/Bruins EC final a while back. If that’s not giving credit I don’t know what is.

      The point is that in games 1 and 3 the B’s beat the Pens – the Pens didn’t beat themselves, and the Flyers sure as hell had nothing to do with anything. Any psychological effect was gone when the Pens killed the Flyers this year.

      • maalea - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        If the Flyer’s had any impact on this Pen’s team , it was when they signed Max Talbot.

        This Pen’s team needs his grit and his refuse to die style of play.

      • season20122013 - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        I’m pretty sure the Pens have outhit the B’s in this series. What they NEED is goals. Not a complicated game…don’t make it about character, who’s “grittier”, blah blah. They couldn’t beat Rask. Decent game all around by the B’s, but they let a LOT of shots through. They didn’t get through Rask. I think the Pens played a far grittier game than the B’s….even considering Lucic boarding Orpik and choking Cooke.

      • raoool - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        don’t make it about grittier … I think the pens played grittier

        like you said.. blah blah

        0-3

    • ewoods6 - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      Or why they won two playoff series since the opening round loss to the flyers. Moron.

  3. ckg0913 - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

    One word for you Dan: outcoached.

    Sincerely,
    A Pens Fan

    • patriotslove12 - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:38 AM

      I’ll disagree in one respect. They worked VERY hard tonight, and because of Rask and a little luck, The PENS are dead. They WILL NOT win 4 games in a row, against this Boston team. They are playing too unselfishly and covering each other every game. I believe the Pens are done a 4. The bird’s didn’t like the heat.
      #gobruins #breakoutthebrooms

      • ckg0913 - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:58 AM

        Lol, you’re wasting your breath. Try telling me something that I don’t know.

  4. hockeyfan28 - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    To think Jagr was the guy who setup the winning goal

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 6, 2013 at 7:43 AM

      It’s called hooking in every other game this year.

      • captaincj35 - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        Malkin hooked Jagr at the start of the play… Jagr hooked him back… good non-call

    • jpelle82 - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      he got away with one for sure but he had a good game compared to the first 2. he sleepwalked to 2 assists in game 2. he earned that one last night, fairly or not depends on who you root for.

  5. 19to77 - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Too little, too late. Bylsma’s right on all counts – they played a GREAT game tonight – but Rask and the Bruins were able to step up and match it, and when you’re already in the hole, it’s just not enough. Any bad bounce or lucky goal or weak call for the REST OF THE SERIES could seal it for the Bruins – or of course, one more white-hot performance from their goalie. If the Pens played like this in the first two, we’d have ourselves the best 7-game battle we’ve seen in a long time. But they came in cocky and blew that chance. The writing’s on the wall. Their chance has come and passed.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      yeah they gave game 2 away, cant expect to win a series after that debacle. i think manhandling ottawa like they did hurt them going into this series. i’m guilty as a fan of having that false sense of confidence and i saw it all over the pens too. would like to say in the end that this one has been a good series but it hasnt been and probably wont be, there was a good game last night but thats about it.

  6. papajack1259 - Jun 6, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    I am waiting for Shero to state he supports his coach……the kiss of death…..with the new cap, this team is blown up,It took three games to play their best & they did not win……R we glad for Jagar? Wrong choice Mr. Ingla

  7. bobhuong1 - Jun 6, 2013 at 6:23 AM

    I’m sorry, that face doesn’t look brave, it looks unemployed.

  8. spitfisher - Jun 6, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    From a bruins fan……..we got lucky, the amount of pipes hit, fanned shots. “too many men, breakaways,The intensity was full on from the Pens. As you know one goal decides the game in OT, it really could have gone eitherway. How did the Bruins prevail, wellI think I they played better as time when on in the OT. We definitely saw a different Penquins team tonight.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      i was impressed how they had better legs as the ot periods went along, especially the effort from a certain 41 yr old and with a shortened bench without campbell. was fully expecting malkin to win it, he was the best player on both sides tonight, just couldnt get one to go.

  9. stoopidfool - Jun 6, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    The pens lack character

    • season20122013 - Jun 6, 2013 at 7:50 AM

      no, just goals.

      • maalea - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        Will beats skill.

        Boston is willing themselves to the Finals.

        Pitt needed that effort in game 2.

      • season20122013 - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        I disagree. Bylsma was being severely outcoached in games 1 and 2, and the Pens played horribly in game 2. That’s not “will”, my friend. It’s the American thing to do, to go on a pedastal about blue-collar “umph” winning out, but if you look at the construct of each team, your comments aren’t making much sense. Boston has one of the highest paid third and fourth lines in the league – they have a lot of skill. Pens have some big names, and that’s all people see, but it’s very short-sighted.

        So, no…will doesn’t beat skill, goals in overtime beat skill. It also beats will. I hate the “underdog” portrait that is being painted of the B’s in this series. If you need that mentality to enjoy this series, that’s great. As long as you realize after it’s over that it was a load of crap.

      • gallyhatch - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        @season20122013, you “hate the ‘underdog’ portrait” being painted of the Bruins in this series?

        Ummmmm, newsflash: they are the underdogs.

        Have you noticed they don’t have home ice advantage in the series? Have you noticed The Penguins had a better regular season record than the Bruins, therefore are a higher seed? Did you notice Vegas picked Pittsburgh as the odds on favorite to win the series?

        That usually means that the Bruins are the underdogs, that’s not a portrait being painted, that’s a fact.

        The Penguins were the odds on favorite to win this series. I don’t know how you could be confused about that.

      • season20122013 - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        Check the Vegas odds now. Then shut it.

      • maalea - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        well we will disagree what will is.

        To me will isn’t quitting in the middle of the 2nd game. Will is winning the battles along the boards Will isn’t skating big circles in your own end. Will is working hard. These are all things the Pen’s have done this week.

        If having big name players and there is a big drop off in talent to the 3rd and 4th lines is a problem Then blame Shero

        Guess what The Bruins were/are a big underdog

      • season20122013 - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        I’m starting to think you’re all a bunch of idiots.

        The 3rd and 4th line comment was directed toward the fact that Boston fans seem to think that Boston has no skill, that they were ranked 15th in the EC coming in…it’s just a bunch of crap. Everyone in the league gave Boston a chance to win the cup coming in to the season. The GM has done a good job at creating depth within the organization by keeping a higher paid 3rd and 4th line. Bruins spend more on salary than the Pens. Yet you guys act like you’re the poor, disrespected underdogs who no one gave a chance to. It’s obnoxious, and the only ones who believe it is you guys. Since the 2nd game, the Pens have been the underdogs. Just ask Vegas. So now, your argument is null/void.

        That game last night was a great, hard fought game, and really could have gone either way, if not for Rask. You think that’s quitting, you’re nuts. Also, for all your talk, you probably couldn’t make it from one end of the ice to the other without a heart attack or concussion.

      • maalea - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        The Vegas odds now are irrelevant. No one said the Bruins weren’t a contender.

        By the content of your posts it seems like you tried to skate and got concussed.

      • season20122013 - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:25 AM

        NOW the Vegas odds are irrelevant, because they don’t prove your point.

        The Vegas odds are ever-changing, always have been. At the start of this series they were influenced on how the B’s had been playing up to that point. But now that they don’t prove your “woa is me…we’re the underdogs…no ones giving us a shot….we’re going to shock the world” BS, it’s irrelevant.

        Columbus was an underdog – had they made it. So was Minnesota. So was NYI. Boston was never an underdog and any educated hockey fan gave them every chance. They won the cup more recently than the Pens. The ‘hype’ is just a bunch of B’s fans basically admitting that they just can’t get into hockey unless there’s a big story attached to it.

      • gallyhatch - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        Yeah, WE are the idiots.

        Penguins fans sure do come up with excuses fast, complaining about payroll & how Boston’s 3rd & 4th line are higher paid than Pittsburgh’s. That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard in a long time.

        It’s called building a balanced team. Don’t put all your money in the top two lines.

        Don’t worry though, Crosby will be back with all his admirable leadership skills in the fall to do it all over again.

        (Ps, you sound like him crying in all his post game interviews, coming up with excuses & all the reasons why they can’t win….is it something in the water in Pittsburgh?)

      • season20122013 - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:22 AM

        This is where the idiot comments from, though – comments like yours. No one was ‘whining’ about the payrolls – the comment was made in response to the comments about the Pens trying to “buy” a cup…get it? I think that you’re just reading bits and pieces of things and then replying…which is idiotic. And honestly if you aren’t under the age of 20, you sound it – it’s time to either 1) grow up, or 2) sober up.

    • seabass231 - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      Perfect name…they had 54 Shots on goal. Game 2 sucked, no doubt, but they certainly showed character last night.

  10. greenmtnboy31 - Jun 6, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    The refs lack character and integrity. Call the obvious hooking that’s called in every other game all season. How does the NHL reconcile that non-call with the BS call Walkom made when he tried to kill the Hawks chances? Jagr’s blatant hooking created a turnover, which is a basic concept in officiating – advantage/disadvantage – his hooking disadvantaged Malkin and created his advantage; it has to be called. Walkom disallowed a goal on a play that had zero impact on the play 80 feet away from the play. The players and the fans deserve better, but that is why I will continue to spend zero dollars on anything NHL related.

    • sizzle299 - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:00 AM

      Waaa it’s the ref’s fault!! Waaa I’m never spending money on hockey again because the refs made them lose the series!! Waaaa typical penguins “fan” hahaha what a joke!!!!

      • season20122013 - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:35 AM

        I’d like to direct you to the posts from the Boston fans during the game last night – the ones posted 10 – 11 hours ago…there were so many Boston fans flooding the comment section complaining about the refs it was pointless to even comment on the articles.

        I’m ok with the Jagr hook, Malkin got away with a hook earlier in the game too. What I’m not ok with is Lucic’s hit on Orpik, which was NO DIFFERENT than Cooke’s on McQuaid, which went uncalled. What I’m not ok with is Lucic choking a player in the corner, with no call, UNTIL Cooke fights back (a little, just by pulling Lucic’s leg out from him) and they give OFFSETTING calls?

        That’s an insult to hockey. Lucic is an insult to hockey. I’ve got a lot more respect for the Bruins since the playoffs started (they really didn’t earn a ton the way they were playing before the TML series) but a lot less respect for Lucic and any Boston fans that think “it’s ok because we’re Boston”.

      • jpelle82 - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        pretty sure greenmtn isnt a pens fan, maybe just a hockey fan. i’m a pens fan and im not gonna harp on it but it couldve been called. if it was, boston fans wouldnt have been able to argue it with a straight face either. after the phantom call on murray for slashing in the 3rd, the iffy hold by horton in the first, and krecji “roughing” letang (maybe couldve been a crosscheck but i dont think so) on top of the other calls made in ot, i fully expected jagr to be called especially since he was flatfooted and he did it from behind, but – doesnt mean jack now.

      • supercoop8 - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        @season20122013 Engellend’s high hit on Krejci when Krejci was tied up with another player was a pretty close match to the hit on Kruger he was suspended for a few years ago. Is he also an insult to hockey??? And maybe Cooke was penalized for throwing punches at Chara before Lucic grabbed him. I don’t think it is “its ok because we’re boston” I believe it is that other fan bases chastise Boston for being a “goon squad” when their team is just as guilty of egregious play.

  11. heyzeus143 - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Ah, arguing over sport

  12. malkinrulez - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Going in I didn’t think Rask could steal the series , I was wrong . Hats off to B’s they have brought it every night and deserve the results they are getting.

  13. monkeyredandsmiley - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    (1) Rask has played a great few games.
    (2) When they do beat Rask, they have hit 6 or 7 pipes. This could very easily be a 2-1 Penguins lead.
    (3) Give Boston credit. This is basically the same team that won the cup in ’11

  14. bardown66 - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Well, hopefully this embarrassment ends soon. I feel like I’m watching a clown show with this penguins team. Time to retool. Fleury needs to go far away, bylsma has gone stale (please try for ruff or Tippett) and some players are older. Time to sell off a few pieces and get younger. This team will still be in it for the next 3-4 years. It’s about fine tuning. Just please no more “get to our game” interviews with bylsma. The dude is a hack who only won because Sid and geno were 1 and 2 in post season scoring in 09. Product of luck.

  15. Habib Marwan - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Im stunned this series is 3-0 but that 4th game is the toughest one to win

    • 8man - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      So true. The Bruins have to win the 4th game. The Pens just have to keep winning one.

  16. myspaceyourface - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I don’t think the Pens know what to do in the playoffs once hooking, interference, stick holding, slashing, high sticks and boarding aren’t penalties like they are in the regular season.

    • grilledjesus - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Game one:
      03:54 BOS David Krejci : Tripping (Evgeni Malkin)
      09:22 PIT Sidney Crosby : Interference (Patrice Bergeron)
      12:24 BOS Patrice Bergeron : Hooking (Evgeni Malkin)
      16:57 PIT Brooks Orpik : Interference (Chris Kelly)
      01:32 PIT Matt Cooke : Checking from behind (maj) (Adam McQuaid)
      11:04 BOS Nathan Horton : Slashing (Evgeni Malkin)
      19:30 BOS Brad Marchand : Boarding (James Neal)
      18:10 PIT Sidney Crosby : Slashing (Tyler Seguin)
      Game two:
      12:30 PIT Brooks Orpik : Elbowing (David Krejci)
      11:54 BOS Brad Marchand : Tripping (Sidney Crosby)
      07:33 BOS Milan Lucic : Interference (Jarome Iginla)
      Game three:
      09:31 BOS Johnny Boychuk : Interference (Brenden Morrow)
      09:31 PIT Joe Vitale : Roughing (Brad Marchand)
      15:34 BOS Nathan Horton : Holding (Brooks Orpik)
      01:44 BOS David Krejci : Roughing (Kris Letang)
      04:26 BOS Adam McQuaid : Boarding (Matt Cooke)
      18:41 PIT Jarome Iginla : Tripping (Andrew Ference)
      01:46 PIT Chris Kunitz : Slashing (Brad Marchand)
      01:46 BOS Brad Marchand : Kneeing (Chris Kunitz)
      06:27 PIT Douglas Murray : Slashing (Rich Peverley)
      12:24 PIT Pascal Dupuis : Interference (Johnny Boychuk)
      08:27 BOS Chris Kelly : Tripping (Beau Bennett)
      11:26 PIT Brooks Orpik : Hi-sticking (Brad Marchand)

      Just because you type it, doesn’t make it true myspace.

  17. russianmachine8 - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    So how is it that everyone Meaning penguins fans bashes ovie for his playoff performance but no 1 is bashing Geno or Sidney either one having a goal ?and Geno nor does Iggy have a point in this series? whats the Excuse Pittsburgh??Great game last night any team could of won but at the end of the day its all about who gets the lucky bounce.Good luck to both teams and fan bases! my teams Golfing lol Go CAPS!!

    • bardown66 - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      The stigma with ovi is two fold. He is European, a classi thing that a lot of hockey people target. 2. He has never led his team to major post season success. NHL, Olympic or otherwise

  18. raoool - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    may have been a brave face but from his whimpering voice you kinda knew he was fighting back tears

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