Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/24/12 at 09:43 PM ET
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Ray Shero had a perfectly sensible reaction to the Pittsburgh Penguins getting bounced in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Penguins general manager met with the media Tuesday for the first time since they were eliminated Sunday by their cross-state rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers, and essentially said, hey, stuff happens. Considering the cries of blow it up or full-page newspaper advertisements of apology that often accompany failure in the NHL these days, it was a nice change.
Shero noted there are problems with his team’s defensive game (“Over six games [in the playoffs] and in the last 11 games of the regular season it failed us.”) but he is not about to embark on a massive rebuilding effort. He pointed out much of the same group won the 2009 Stanley Cup and even though the Penguins have now gone three years without getting to the Eastern Conference final he still believes in them.
“Our leadership, our character, those intangibles, we’ve got a real strong leadership group,” Shero said. “We missed on a really good opportunity for this hockey club. We proved in the past we can get to a Stanley Cup final with this group. It’s really hard to figure these things out.”
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