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PHT Morning Skate: Reflecting on Bylsma’s fall

Jun 10, 2014, 8:09 AM EDT

Dan Bylsma AP

Today’s an off day after the Los Angeles Kings took a 3-0 series lead last night, so instead we’re highlighting some of the headlines from around the hockey world:

A look back at Dan Bylsma, what he did for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and his fall since the start with the 2014 Winter Olympics. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Jonathan Quick‘s shutout last night was the first one at Madison Square Garden in the Stanley Cup Final since 1972. The Kings also became the first team since 2004 to win a Stanley Cup Final game despite recording 15 or fewer shots. (

Mark Messier talks about his involvement in a nine-rink facility being built in the Bronx. (Puck Daddy)

Jeff Carter became the fourth player in Los Angeles Kings history to score at least 10 goals in a single postseason run. Of course, Marian Gaborik is also on that list. (LA Kings Insider)

St. John’s goalie Michael Hutchinson kicked out 49 shots to even the AHL Calder Cup Final against the Texas Stars at 1-1. (

One level below that, the Alaska Aces have swept the Cincinnati Cyclones to win the 2014 ECHL Kelly Cup championship. (

  1. ravanator - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Only thing Bylsma did wrong was accept the HC job for the pathetic Pens. He had to deal with coach killer Crosby on the ice, and old greasey mullet Lemieux micro managing all the off ice business. Pens are falling apart and I am enjoying watching the plane crash. Cheers!


    • Professor Fate - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      You’re obviously not a Pens fan, which is okay, but that pound-sign (it’s a pound-sign; wtf does “hashtag” mean, anyway?) crap will get you downvotes all day long.

      • govtminion - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        Amen to that.

    • theageofquarrel - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      #ravanator is garbage

  2. pdmjr - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Bylsma failed to lead. Lemieux doesn’t get involved with coaches. He hated it if owners got involved when he played too. Where do you get your material? Walmart?

    • oquintero99 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      Bylsma had to go. There’s no way the Pens would get rid of Letang, Crosby, Malkin or Neal. It’s always the coach who gets the axe (I’m a Pens fan btw). The way the Pens handled the Bylsma situation was embarrassing. Should have been let go when the Shero firing happened as well. But yes, Crosby and company tuned out of Bylsma for whatever reason. It should not have happened during crunch time in the playoffs. You don’t tune out the coach like that.

      Now, the decision to hire Rutherford as GM has left me speechless. I have no clue why they chose him. Of all the possible GMs out there, seems like they were out to get the worse. I would of love for the Pens to hire Brisebois.

  3. 311sucks - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    the cyclones lost the series in 6… they were not swept

  4. billiam55 - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    same thing happened when he coached team USA. pathetic.

  5. c9castine - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    ron cook is an idiot.

  6. blomfeld - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:59 PM



    blomfeld – Mar 2, 2014 at 1:31 PM


    “bylsma is a king’s alumnus” ? …

    I suppose that’s true, no less than excrement could be considered an ‘alumnus’ of one’s own digestive system. Look, the bottom line friend is that Bylsma attempted to ‘humiliate’ both Dustin Brown and Jonathan Quick there in the Caucuses and for that he will pay dearly. And that’s not even mentioning the ‘significant’ damage which he inflicted upon the ‘good name’ of American hockey in international circles.

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