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If The Penguins Lose Tomorrow…

from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Things will change.

Things must change.

If these Penguins go down in flames for yet another Stanley Cup playoffs by falling to the Rangers in Game 7 on Tuesday. If they do so after barely breaking a sweat against an exhausted and otherwise unremarkable opponent. If they do so after two of the least passionate postseason performances in franchise history — including the 3-1 throttling in Game 6 on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden — then this really would be it.

This would be a gag unlike any we've seen, even in a half-decade of spring failure.

This would be the one that gets Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle involved.

This would be the one that brings meaningful, maybe seismic change.

I'm told ownership is fed up. They're furious. That's not a guess, either. They don't like what they're seeing, and no, unlike the bulk of the fan base, they don't see it solely as a coaching issue. They don't like any of what they're seeing.

And the changes that could result from that … wow, the mind boggles.

Dan Bylsma tops the list, and there should be no question that he should.

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Evilpens's avatar

Just Love the Pgh Hockey Media all of a sudden realizing that Shero’s drafts have sucked welcome to 4 years ago ! I hope that IF they are fired someone in the eunuch pgh. sports media has the balls to ask David Morehouse or Mario why after the 4th playoff flameout in a row this against Bahstan where your team scored 2 goals would you give Bylsma & his clowns a 2 yr. ext.

Posted by Evilpens on 05/12/14 at 07:52 AM ET

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I really didn’t care who won this series but as a Panthers fan I now want Rangers to win so Panthers can sign Dan Bylsma as their new coach. A Ranger’s win could really help the Panthers. Go Rangers!

Posted by Puckbubba on 05/12/14 at 08:53 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Be careful what you wish for, You just might get it! the guy is a Arrogant Assclown He won a SC with Michel Therrien system since “implementing” his system they have not sniffed a SC

Posted by Evilpens on 05/12/14 at 08:57 AM ET

phillyd's avatar

I used to think EP was just a normal disgruntled fan but after watching the way Bylsma coached the American team in Sochi, I completely understand why he wants Bylsma gone. I think he has a good regular season system but can’t/won’t adjust it in the playoffs depending on what team they are playing. The fact that the same kind of game keeps distracting them and losing series, you’d think after the first few times, he’d adjust, but looks like no. Now, is that all on him or is it also on his players? I believe it is a combination of the two.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 05/12/14 at 10:17 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

I blame coaches when veteran players have no composure. None of the penguins leaders show composure under pressure. Not one of them. Personally, I don’t hate Crosby because of his high level of skill and scoring prowess for another team. I hate him for his lack of character on the ice.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/12/14 at 10:20 AM ET

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I blame coaches when veteran players have no composure. None of the penguins leaders show composure under pressure. Not one of them. Personally, I don’t hate Crosby because of his high level of skill and scoring prowess for another team. I hate him for his lack of character on the ice.

Well said. The primary reason Crosby is targeted so much isn’t because they don’t have an enforcer - it’s because it works.Sidney Crosby is mentally fragile and always has been. He doesn’t rise above the scrums and takes the abuse he takes personally instead of turning the other cheek and just winning. He doesn’t elevate his play when his team needs him to the most (and let’s face it: the Penguins need their stars more than any other team in the league due to their lack of depth). Outside of his fluke right-place-at-the-right-time gold medal goal, he has never been a really big game player. He may have playoff numbers, but watch him in those two SCFs against the Wings and in really huge games - he vanishes. Like Mike Milbury (ha) pointed out last night, every year Crosby takes abuse in the playoffs, and every year it throws him off his game. A leader like that simply cannot be taking nut shots and getting into stupid crap after the whistles. Sidney Crosby may be supremely talented, but he is immature, mentally fragile and a mediocre leader at best.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 05/12/14 at 12:23 PM ET

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