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05-09-2012, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by FDBluth View Post
The more I watched this series, the more and more evident it appears to me that the Pens' loss falls largely on Bylsma.

How often have we heard players on this team say that "we're not worried about the other team, we just need to play our game"? This is what Bylsma has drilled into them, and it's an arrogant and ignorant strategy to have. The Pens absolutely needed to tailor a game plan for the Flyers. The Devils clearly did and it worked. We tried to play our usual "fast, fast, fast as you can" game, and the Flyers ate it up. We weren't prepared mentally at all for how to handle the Flyers' physicality and between-the-whistle antics, either (though at least some of that falls on the players themselves).
Discipline and structure wins cups not the easy going, players only atmosphere the coach is one of the "boys on the bus" approach we have going on here in Pittsburgh.

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