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Bylsma: ‘I feel real comfortable about our power play’

Jun 7, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

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Despite the fact Pittsburgh is scoreless on the power play in the Eastern Conference finals, Dan Bylsma isn’t showing concern.

On Friday, the Pens’ head coach was asked about his team’s inability to convert with the man advantage (0-for-12 thus far).

He said he’d relish the opportunity for similar chances in Game 4 — because he’s confident his team will convert.

“I’d love to put our players and our power play and have the puck on James Neal‘s stick in the slot, three times with the puck on his stick like he was last game,” Bylsma explained. “Malkin on a breakaway. More than two other opportunities. We’d like to see those opportunities again for our guys tonight.”

The Penguins have been unable to convert scoring chances into goals all series long, but Game 3 was the most glaring example of that struggle — Pittsburgh out-shot Boston 54-40 on the night (13-4 on the PP) and had six man advantage opportunities to the Bruins’ two.

The most stunning part might be how quickly Pittsburgh’s power play went from scorching hot to stone cold.

The Pens went 7-for-21 in the opening round against the Islanders (33. 3 percent) and 6-for-25 against the Sens in Round 2 (24 percent), scoring at least one PPG in nine of 11 games.

Their current three-game scoreless streak on the power play matches a season-high, and they never went four games without scoring on the power play.

So maybe Bylsma is right in feeling confident that, eventually, the PP will come around.

“I feel real comfortable about our power play and our guys cashing in on those,” he said. “Is that something we’re going to build on? Absolutely.”

  1. season20122013 - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    If they play the same game and Rask isn’t quite as good, they win, period. PP points or no.

    For the Boston fans – This article says nothing of how awesomely gifted Boston is or how they are the greatest team ever to play any game in any city and no one ever gave them a chance and they clearly should just be given the cup and I can’t believe how tainted and biased the writers are and this is just another example of how no one gives the Bruins credit and blah blah blah…THERE…it’s handled, everything you’ve been saying for the past week. Now your comments can be more constructive.

    • bigkniht37 - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      the comments will obviously be more constructive than yours

    • mgp1219 - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      No, we’d rather have the entire media covering the NHL playoffs tell us how Sidney Crosby is the best player IN THE WORLD, only to have him act like a petulant child who is not getting his way, all the while having ZERO points in the series. Yhat’s what we want to hear.


      • chizmo - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        Perhaps the prominent graphics during pre-game since game 1 saying “Crosby frustrated”, and the constant talk of his underperformance in the series aren’t enough?

        The Pens playing terrible is the big story because of how dominant Boston has been for large parts of the series. Perhaps they should lose one tonight if they’d like to steal some of the “media spotlight”?

    • nhloon - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:39 PM

      Pens are just like the 2011 Canucks, nuff said.

    • goodolejr - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      So losing 3-0 then 6-1 in the first 2 games is just because of Rask? Come on, man. That’s just ridiculous. As of right now, in this series, the Bruins are the better team. On paper, the Pens should be damn near unbeatable. In reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

      Winning a game here or there is one thing, but winning the first 2 games with those final scores shows exactly how good the Bruins are right now.

      Damn I hate talking the Bruins up.

  2. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    ” how awesomely gifted Boston”. Ok. A stretch, but acceptable with a bit of skepticism. “how they are the greatest team ever to play any game in any city”. Now you’re hallucinating. How’s your hockey history? Based on this comment I’d say pretty bad. Maybe your comments can be more objective.

    • season20122013 - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      It was sarcasm, my friend. You make me sad.

    • mgp1219 - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:19 PM


      He’s being sarcastic, genius.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      Ah! Well! Missed it! Shouldn’t read while walking I suppose.

  3. hockeyflow33 - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    I feel very comfortable too but I’m a Bruins fan so take it for what it’s worth

    • 40ozfab - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      Same here. Hey Bylsma, I feel comfortable when I sit on the toilet too.

  4. 19to77 - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Sutter’s not worried about goals, Bylsma’s not worried about the power play (or his job), Dupuis says “the offense will come eventually” on the cusp of a goddamn sweep… is it any wonder these people are losing? You’re being run over. It MIGHT be time to show a little concern, guys.

    • season20122013 - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      As a die-hard Pens fan, I take offense to that comment…because you’re absolutely right. Hopefully that’s just the image that either the team or the press is trying to convey – but you’re right it surely sounds that way. The only problem is that, outside of the last game which was awesome on both sides, they’ve PLAYED that way too. ‘Eh…we’ll get there’.

  5. tokyobuzzsaw - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    The Celtics are clickin

  6. biffnasty - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    He also feels confident that Cindy will whine/complain to the refs for most of the game

  7. broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 7, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Two goals in three games. None of which are on the PP. How proud you must be in your overrated group of underachievers Disco Dan.

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