Think the series loss to cross state rival Philadelphia is eating away at the Penguins during the lockout? If you said “yes” then you would be correct. In an interview with Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune, Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma talks about how the loss to the Flyers has stuck with him throughout the lockout.
“Yes, because neither our expectations nor how we played was what our team is, and that’s difficult. We missed out on a real opportunity. That opportunity was we really had a chance (to win the Stanley Cup.) To boot, we didn’t play to our capabilities in a lot of areas, and that’s very difficult.”
Flyers fans should not feel too comfortable though because the Pittsburgh coaching staff has been working to beat the Flyers.
“We’re not just looking at our picture. How did the Devils do against the Flyers, what did they do? Who had success against the Flyers, and now what does that mean for what happened to us? Again, I’m not going to tell you, but I’ve seen some things… I’ve looked at Philly vs. Jersey just as much as I’ve looked at us vs. Philly. I had to.”
You can bet that Peter Laviolette is also “seeing some things” with his squad and other teams and working to better his team. But Flyers fans can find some comfort in the fact that they are the reason the Penguins have been irritated this extended offseason.
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