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by Paul on 04/14/10 at 09:29 AM ET
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
Bylsma went on radio station “The X” yesterday afternoon and offered a remarkably candid look at what he would do if he were Cory Clouston, coach of the Ottawa Senators, and had to come up with a “game plan” that would be appropriate for taking on his Penguins.
As Bylsma last year was an untried rookie NHL coach who went all the way, and Clouston this year is entering his first playoffs, it seemed a generous offer indeed.
Bylsma, of course, would continue to have Ottawa defencemen Chris Phillips and Anton Volchenkov on the ice whenever Crosby steps over the boards. They are the ones held most responsible for Crosby’s dreary two-goals-in-17-games output against the Senators.
“It’s tough to get away from,” Bylsma conceded.
The real key, however, “if I was to put a game plan together for the Ottawa Senators – it would be to frustrate our skill players.” In fact, he might as well have said one skill ‘player” – Evgeni Malkin, last year’s winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs. Malkin has a habit of taking dumb penalties at the worst possible moments, and seems, in fact, to be getting worse rather than better.
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