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by Paul on 04/18/12 at 12:01 PM ET
from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
On the day it started, exactly one week ago, I thought the Penguins-Flyers series would be lengthy, nasty, and as likely to be won by Philadelphia as not.
I still think all those things, for what it’s worth, and take no satisfaction from the Meatloafian two-out-of-three already established. I expect the Penguins will get to their feet tonight and begin a win streak of two, three, maybe even four games, and if that looks foolish before 11 o’clock, well, it won’t be my first time.
Also on the day it started, also one week ago, you couldn’t find anyone who suspected the Penguins were short-handed behind the bench, from where Dan Bylsma had directed more playoff victories than any coach in the history of the franchise.
One week ago, the Penguins had no serious problems, few marginal problems, and zero problems that could be traced to within 10 logical miles of Bylsma.
So look, it’s obviously too late for any essay that could earn a two-word summary like “remain calm,” but this “Fire Bylsma” reaction to a week of frequent Flyer losses is deserving of a summary condemnation.
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