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Pittsburgh Penguins Dan Bylsma: Should he be held accountable?

I was one of the likely ones to have a ticket to game 7 last night to the Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins. Let me rephrase that I was one of the unlucky ones.

The first 5 seconds of the game were awesome, then after Sidney Crosby was called for a marginal penalty, then the rest went down hill.Montreal jumped out to an early two goal lead.  The Pittsburgh Penguins were in just as much of shock as the crowd was.  Dan Blysma should of called his time out to settle his team down and to tell them that famous quote, “Let’s play our game”. We all know he did not do such a thing. Instead, he thought it would be a better strategy to let the defending Stanley Cup Champs run around for a little over a period looking disorganized and have no clue what was going on at all. Not to mention he thought it would be a great idea leaving Marc-Andre’ Fleury in the net. Everyone knew in the whole building that it was not Flower’s night. He waited till the score was 4-0 to pull Marc.  Dan Bylsma waited till the score was 5-2 with less than five minutes left in the game to use his timeout and clearly the game was out of reach. Why Dan? You can not use the excuse Gonchar or Guerin were tired, or even that Kunitz needed a break from coughing up the puck.  Now I will give you Dan that Jordan Staal was tired. Heck we was playing on one and half feet.

In my job in the real life, one of my many responsibilities are getting a staff of a five ready for the work day every day. There are no excuses. If I do not, then I know I will be eventually replaced. I ask you PenguinPoop readers can you say Dan Bylsma did everything he could possibly do to give his team a chance to win?

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  1. PJ's Gravatar PJ
    May 15, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Since the vote does not designate that Bylsma should be held SOLELY accountable it is impossible to vote no. Of course he MUST be held accountable to the level of expectations that were set by his boss Ray Shero. If Shero voted I sure as hell know he voted yes.

  2. Tommy's Gravatar Tommy
    May 15, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    anonymous, the refs missed more calls against the pens than they made bad calls against the pens. The refs nearly cost the Habs the series.

    I have the whole series on tape if you would like, i can even count all missed calls against pens that leaded to GOALS.

    Pens suck, crosby sucks, go habs go!

    • dr.rosenrosen's Gravatar dr.rosenrosen
      May 15, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Permalink


      Did Crosby suck in the Olympics for team Canada?

  3. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    May 15, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    i think dan should have yanked old (29) after he let in the first shot (again!) and i think they could have done something and one the game but in my opinion it should have never gone to a game 7 in the first place shitty calls better luck next year pens4life but i do hope pronger shoves his stick up (41) jerkeslov sukcock’s ass sideways! temp sharks fan go san jose

  4. dr.rosenrosen's Gravatar dr.rosenrosen
    May 14, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Hey Huge Dan Byslma fan,
    FYI Boston jumped out to a early 3-0 lead on Philly. Guess what? Philly called a time out and the result was a GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You proably didn’t know that because you were reading one of those children books he wrote.

  5. Huge Dan Byslma Fan's Gravatar Huge Dan Byslma Fan
    May 14, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Me thinks you are way off base. Dan stuck to the plan and it almost worked. The players have to execute the plan and quite simply did not. They were not as “hungry” as the Habs.

  6. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    May 14, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    It was the players fault, not the coach. Next you will be saying that he should be fired, even though he helped the team win a Stanley Cup last year.

    Many times (during the Stanley Cup years) we used to say we need to get out of the period as we are choking. Never did I hear someone say the coach should of called a time out or to hold Bob Johnson accountable.

    Me thinks you are talking out of anger.

    Love ya though!

  7. Steelhound's Gravatar Steelhound
    May 14, 2010 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Disco Dan wasn’t on the ice to turn the puck over 14 times and many of those times in our own end. The Pens played sloppy and then got their head handed to them.

  8. McLovin's Gravatar McLovin
    May 14, 2010 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    The first two goals were 14 minutes apart? There were 2 TV timeouts in between the goals. If he pulled the starting goaltender after 2 goals I would question him.

    The timeout was used a the exact correct time, when the players were tired.

    Dan Bylsma is accountable for the loss, he would be the first in line to tell you that. He is also accountable for winning the Stanley Cup.

    I’ve been reading here for a long time and haven’t seen any of this condemnation that this Oz guy talks about, other than this and some Poni boy stuff, I would be hard pressed to find something you guys wrote that was negative. He must just have a negative outlook.

    • dr.rosenrosen's Gravatar dr.rosenrosen
      May 14, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

      Hey Mcmuffin,

      FYI, Boston jumped out to a three goal lead on Philly. Philly called a timeout, and guess what happened next? Philly made it 3-1. Stick to the movies, not the hockey kid.

  9. Ozman51's Gravatar Ozman51
    May 14, 2010 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    You guys have been on the wrong side of the argument for weeks. Every blog post has been condemnation. Stop feeding the fire. You are just letting every jobbing bridge jumping fan who didn’t start watching hockey until mid April validate their paranoia.


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