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If I was coaching the Penguins, I'd put together a highlight video of everything done right this season. The main attraction would be the second-round series win over Ottawa, which Senators head coach Paul MacLean called a "clinic" against his team. Remind these guys how good they can be. At times like this, the fans and media can be negative, but the team can't. You have to sell the players on this one because it all starts with attitude.

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Posted by jonquixote on 06/04/13 at 09:04 PM ET

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The main attraction would be the second-round series win over Ottawa, which Senators head coach Paul MacLean called a “clinic” against his team. Remind these guys how good they can be.

That approach would be extremely effective – if they were playing the Senators. But they’re not playing the Senators, and there’s no way that strategy will help them against the Bruins. What might be effective is Bylsma coming up with a strategy that’ll work against the team that they’re actually playing.

But since they’ve already lost their home-ice advantage, good luck with that.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/05/13 at 12:05 AM ET

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25. The Senators are growing into a good spot. Another exec said one of their biggest challenges will be determining the true offensive ceiling of players like Jakob Silfverberg, Mika Zibanejad and Kyle Turris. MacLean agrees. “That’s the internal debate that we have,” he said. “How good are they going to be? None of them have scored at this level. Of the group [and he included Mark Stone, Colin Greening and Mike Hoffman], we’re still trying to find out what kind of NHL player they are. We believe they will score here. But how many?”

I’m surprised there’s any question left about Turris. Sure, he should still develop a bit over the next year or two and start to score more, but I think the way he played in the playoffs this year—especially how hard he played against Crosby despite the loss in that series—shows how good of a coach MacLean is, and how much Turris has matured since the whole Phoenix situation. I would love to have the current Kyle Turris on my team.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 06/05/13 at 10:38 AM ET

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