Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/15/14 at 01:55 PM ET
from Wes Crosby at NHL.com,
Two days after being eliminated by the New York Rangers in seven games in the Eastern Conference Second Round, Penguins players reflected on another failed Stanley Cup Playoff run but avoided looking toward the future. They were consistent in their belief that the relationship between the players and coach Dan Bylsma and his staff was not fractured.
"You're going to hear a lot of that stuff and a lot of negativity and a lot of different rumors," captain Sidney Crosby said. "That's normal when you lose, and there's always people looking for reasons. But if we win [Game 7 against New York] we don't have to answer these questions. But that's the difference between winning and losing."
Crosby would not speak on if he thought a coaching change is necessary.
"I think that's for other people to decide," he said. "When you don't meet the expectations … I think you understand as an athlete and as being part of this team that the expectations are high, and if you don't deliver you have to own up to that as players and as an organization. So I think we all understand that.
"It's part of the way it works and we'll see what happens from here."
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