Star players. We've had our chances and just couldn't capitalize.
I'm not sure how coaching is supposed to prevent Malkin, Crosby, Neal, and Letang from notching a single point through 3 games. I'd expect better production than that if I were the Pens coach, a prime Hasek were in net for the Bruins, and a late '70s Scotty Bowman was behind their bench.
I think it's a combination but I voted Bylsma.
He refused to return to a PP combination that was scoring at about 35%.
He refused to change up Kuny-Sid-Duper when even the most casual fan could realize it wasn't working.
The Jarome Iginla experiments.
Lots of posts. Lots of outstanding saves by Rask (along with Boston's seemingly automatic defense). Oh yeah... and the Penguins simply not burying their (many) chances.
The powerplay suddenly going silent (this team leaned on that a lot -- all year, post season very much included) has really killed them, too. That's where I have to wonder why they changed what was working and went with a new look. Not that it really matters, now.
Bylsma. Maybe if he could make some adjustments to what Boston is doing, and if he'd stop ****ing around with dumb line combinations, the Pens might actually be able to generate some offense.
Anyone who still refuses to lay any blame at Bylsma, explain to me why this Pens team is so disorganized compared to any of the other "contenders". Of the four teams remaining, the Pens are the only one that often looks like it has no real structure or systems in place. Just five guys skating around, hoping to run and gun to victory.
The kind of poll where there is obviously no one answer, and where all the answers are intertwined.
Bylsma is obviously not solely responsible for our stars and players in general not converting on great opportunities, us having no puck luck, and Rask playing great. But I still think him easily the biggest single negative factor for us in the series.
Bylsma made mistakes, however I can't understand how he is to blame that only Kun and Duper have a single point of your top 6 players. If just half of the shots and missed open nets go in, this is still a series. Plus Rask plays really, really good and the Bruins play good D. Bylsma can be blamed for the pp, how Kunitz is on it and not Iggy, I don't know (especially if it doesn't work), but other than that, this is on our players and the Bruins.